NBCUniversal Bowing New FAST Content on Pluto TV

NBCUniversal and Pluto TV Feb. 6 announced new free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) content offerings. featuring entertainment, news, sports and true crime programming from NBCUniversal’s television and streaming portfolio and the NBCU Global TV Distribution library launching on Pluto TV.

Beginning today and rolling out through the month will be past seasons of popular reality series including “The Real Housewives” and “Top Chef,” available to stream as dedicated FAST channels. Sports content includes “GolfPass” and “NBC Sports,” while  true-crime channels feature acclaimed series including “American Greed” and “Lockup.” Pluto TV subscribers will also have access to dedicated FAST channels featuring library series including “Little House on the Prairie,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Murder, She Wrote,” as well as films on Universal Monsters, and genre-based action and crime content.

NBC and Telemundo local FAST channels will also launch on Pluto TV later this year.

“NBCUniversal and Pluto TV’s FAST partnership offers a powerful opportunity to distribute our vast portfolio of premium content to new audiences,” Amy Geary, SVP, NBCUniversal content distribution, said in a statement. “These channels will deliver quality programming from some of the most notable brands in television and create value for our distributors and advertisers.”

“From fan-favorite TV series to legendary films, the breadth and caliber of NBCUniversal’s content portfolio is unrivaled,” Bruce Casino, EVP, U.S. sales and distribution for NBCUniversal Global TV Distribution, said in a statement. “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Pluto TV and bring their subscribers our iconic titles through these FAST channels.”

“Pluto TV is continuing to build upon our relationship with NBCUniversal by bringing even more of their legendary and award-winning titles to the platform,” Amy Kuessner, EVP, programming, Pluto TV, said in a statement. “We know Pluto TV audiences have a strong affinity for genres like crime, drama and reality, and we are excited to offer our viewers so many channels from the NBCUniversal library in these categories and more.”

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The new entertainment, sports, news and true crime FAST channels now available include:

  • American Crimes, exploring the dark side of the American dream and life behind bars, featuring award-winning series “American Greed” and “Lockup”;
  • Bravo Vault, featuring content from “Shahs of Sunset” to “Flipping Out” in a rotating content library;
  • Oxygen True Crime Archives, with deep dives into infamous cases;
  • Real Housewives Vault, showcasing the glitz, glamour, and drama of the reality show’s wealthy female stars;
  • Top Chef Vault, with a rotating library to catch up on and learn the latest in sous-vide, gastronomy and more from the food competition show;
  • GolfPass, bringing together thousands of lessons from the game’s biggest instructors, exclusive series, GOLF Channel news and features, and more;
  • NBC Sports, featuring the latest sports news with talk programs, including Premier League Stories and “The Dan Patrick Show”;
  • Bad Girls Club, in which seven outrageously bold, brazenly misbehaved women attempt to transform their reckless ways;
  • Little House on the Prairie, featuring the classic series set in the late 1800’s and starring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert;
  • The Lone Ranger, featuring the classic series following the masked cowboy known as the Lone Ranger and his trusty accomplice Tonto fighting for justice in the Wild West;
  • Murder, She Wrote, following writer Jessica Fletcher (played by Angela Lansbury), as she solves crimes in the Emmy-winning drama;
  • Universal Action, featuring shows such as “Magnum P.I.,” “Knight Rider,” “The A-Team” and many others;
  • Universal Crime, featuring series such as “Columbo,” “Kojak,” “The Rockford Files” and more;
  • Universal Monsters, including titles such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man and more.

 

The channels join Pluto’s lineup of already available FAST channels from the NBCUniversal portfolio including NBC News NOW, Today All Day, Dateline 24/7, and Sky News International.

FilmRise to Serve Up True Crime in February

FilmRise is serving up true crime series in February.

Season eight of “World’s Most Evil Killers” will be streaming free on Amazon Freevee, Peacock, Tubi, Pluto TV, the FilmRise app, and more. An in-depth look at the lives and crimes of some of the world’s most evil killers, the new season tells the stories of more than 20 killers such as Harry Jarvis in Scotland, Jordan Monaghan in the United Kingdom, Lester Jones in Colorado, John Eric Armstrong in Detroit and many more. The series  features criminologist Elizabeth Yardley (“Murders & Their Mothers,” “Britain’s Most Evil Killers”), author and journalist Geoffrey Wansell (“Measuring Evil: Britain’s Worst Killers,” “Memories of a Murder,” “When the Whales Came”), and narrator Fred Dinenage (“Gambit,” “& How”).

The new series “World’s Most Evil Prisoners” will stream free on Amazon Freevee, Peacock, Tubi, Pluto TV, the FilmRise app, and more. The series takes an in-depth look at the offenders whose crimes earned them rare life sentences. Despite being securely locked behind bars, these inmates go on to torture, kidnap and even kill. The season reveals the misdeeds of criminals such as Italian-American mobster Freddy Geas whose influence only grew in prison; one of the youngest women ever sent to Death Row named Christa Pike; and Jamie Osuna, who was convicted of torturing and killing a mother of six children.

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Season three of “Bloodline Detectives” will stream free on Tubi, Pluto TV, YouTube, the FilmRise app and more. In the series, crime junkie and media personality Nancy Grace explores more cases where experts harness the power of genealogy and cutting-edge forensic technology to bring justice to unsolved homicides and sex crimes. Cases in season three include the 1999 murder of a hospital worker, the 1956 murder of a young couple and the 1974 disappearance of a then-5-year-old girl. All cases are brought to life with expert interviews, dramatic reconstructions and archival footage.

Pluto TV Unveils ‘Home’ Section Dedicated Hub

Free streaming TV service Pluto TV has announced a new section “Home,” designed to optimize ease-of-access, personalization and discovery in a dedicated hub.

Embedded in the global navigation panel, the hub brings together on-demand content and linear channels, in one unified destination. 

The Home section of Pluto TV is designed to streamline viewing preferences with personalization based on consumption habits. A myriad of carousels, populated with key art, will act as navigational tools allowing for deeper exploration and visibility into the wide array of programming available on the platform. Thematically organized, carousels will house suggested and editorially-curated content alongside recently watched, saved and favorited programming.

Returning users will be met with recommended programming while new users will have the opportunity to explore trending and curated suggestions. The more users watch, the more content surfaces within Home and the more personalized it becomes. And, unique to Pluto TV, both live and on-demand content can intermingle within the same carousel giving users even more options to browse and discover within a single experience, according to Pluto TV.

Featured carousels include:

  • Marquee — On-Demand and Linear programming
  • Editorially-Driven Curated
  • Personalized Recommendations
  • Trending Content
  •  Saved, Favorites & Recently Watched

 

“As the FAST landscape continues to evolve, so does our user experience around content discovery and personalization to seamlessly connect users to relevant programming,” Tad Ro, SVP of product management at Pluto TV, said in a statement. “The Home experience offers a unique display of rich sets of both Live and VOD content, even intermixing in the same carousels, and gives users more opportunity to find the content they are actively looking for, love to watch and soon-to-be new favorites within a single section.”

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The new Home section will debut as a phased rollout beginning on Sept. 25 on select Roku devices and continue with launches on Android TV and Fire TV devices throughout the remainder of the year.

Vizio Offering Football Kickoff Collection on Home Screen

Vizio is offering a custom-curated Football Kickoff collection on TV home screens for the 2023 pro and college season.

The collection features home screen access to streaming apps for viewing live sports, with hundreds of hours of free programming.

Content such as movies, documentaries and interviews is available on Vizio’s free streaming service WatchFree+ via channels such as Pac 12, Sports Grid and more. Custom curated carousels include “Tailgate Ready,” featuring game-themed cooking shows, music videos, interviews, documentaries and football biopics.

For a limited time, the Vizio 65-inch Class V-Series 4K UHD LED Smart TV is available at Walmart for $398 and pairs with the Vizio V-Series All-in-One 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with DTS Virtual, also available at Walmart at $99, according to Vizio.

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Vizio Adds Local Channel Category, 20 Channels in WatchFree+ Service

Vizio has announced a new local channel category available in its free streaming service WatchFree+, featuring regional news, weather, sports and more.  

With 20 local market news channels from Fox and Gray Television, Vizio smart-TV owners can tune into local news coverage across top designated market areas (DMAs), including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. 

The new WatchFree+ channels include:

Fox channels:

  1. WAGA (Fox 5 – Atlanta) – Ch. 945 

  2. WTTG (Fox 5 – Washington DC) – Ch. 946 

  3. WJBK (Fox 2 – Detroit) – Ch. 947

  4. KDFW (Fox 4 – Dallas) – Ch. 948

  5. WTVT (Fox 13 – Tampa Bay) – Ch. 949

  6. KTVU (Fox 2 – San Francisco) – Ch. 950

  7. WTXF (Fox 29 – Philadelphia) – Ch. 951

  8. WOFL (Fox 35 Orlando) – Ch. 952

  9. KCPQ (Fox 13 Seattle) – Ch. 953

  10. KTTV (Fox 11 – Los Angeles) – Ch. 955

 

Gray Television channels:

  1. WANF Atlanta News First (Independent – Atlanta) – Ch. 961

  2. KTVK/KPHO Arizona’s Family (CBS 5 – Phoenix) – Ch. 962

  3. WOIO Cleveland 19 News (CBS 19 – Cleveland/Akron) – Ch. 963

  4. WBTV News (CBS 3 – Charlotte) – Ch. 964

  5. KPTV (FOX 12 – Portland) – Ch. 965

  6. KMOV4 News (CBS 4 – St. Louis) – Ch. 966

  7. WSMV4 News (CBS 4 – Nashville) – Ch. 967

  8. KCTV5 News (CBS 5 – Kansas City) – Ch. 968

  9. WFSB Eyewitness News 3 (CBS 3 – Hartford/New Haven) – Ch. 969

  10. WXIX-TV (FOX19 Now – Cincinnati) – Ch. 970

 
This expansion adds to the three current local news channels on WatchFree+ (CBS News Los Angeles — Ch. 160, CBS News New York — Ch. 161, and News 12 New York — Ch. 162).  

Sling Adds Seven New Channels, Including Spanish-Language News and Entertainment

Sling Freestream has added seven new channels, including Spanish-language news, entertainment and game shows across four Estrella channels.

Here is a rundown of the new channels:

  • B4U Aflam caters to Arabic Viewers with its content subtitled and dubbed into Arabic. It includes a large library of movies and other content, including Bollywood movies, fashion programs, soaps and drama series.
  • Cine EstrellaTV is a new 24-hour movie channel celebrating Latin cinema. It includes daily editor picks and hundreds of Latino cinema titles in drama, comedy, thriller and action.
  • EstrellaTV
  • Estrella News is the only 24/7 Spanish-language digital news channel, delivering the most relevant and breaking news stories and reports for Hispanics.
  • Estrella Games is the first 24/7 Spanish-language game show channel, featuring thousands of original, classic and competition titles such as “Cien Latinos Dijeron,” “Jugando con Platanito” and “Retofamosos.”
  • CraftsyTV
  • ElectricNOW en Espanol is a premium linear channel featuring many of Electric Entertainment’s popular produced and acquired programs such as “Leverage,” ‘Leverage: Redemption,””The Librarians,” “Almost Paradise” and “The Outpost.”

 

With the recent additions, Sling Freestream now offers more than 420 free channels and more than 41,000 free on demand titles.

Sling Freestream is available through the Sling app on Amazon, Android, Roku, Comcast, LG, Samsung, Xbox and Vizio devices.

Sling Freestream Add Four New Channels, Including Travel and Food Channels

Sling Freestream has added four new channels: Fuel TV, Preston & Brianna, Travelxp and Foodxp.

  • Fuel TV focuses exclusively on the sports, culture and lifestyles of Skate, Surf, BMX, Snow, MTB, Wakeboard and the art, music and fashion that define them.
  • Preston & Brianna allows viewers to watch popular internet stars Preston and Brianna Arsement and their friends complete crazy challenges, pull off pranks and play video games.
  • Travelxp (English and Spanish) features premium travel and lifestyle shows with insider tips from experts on destinations, food, culture and offbeat experiences from around the world.
  • Foodxp lets foodies explore the rich and diverse flavors of India, from traditional family recipes to modern twists on classic dishes.

 

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With the recent additions, Sling Freestream now offers more than 400 channels and more than 41,000 on demand titles for free.

Sling Freestream is available through the Sling app on Amazon, Android, Roku, Comcast, LG, Samsung, Xbox and Vizio devices.

Sling Freestream Adds Eight New Channels

Sling Freestream has added eight new free streaming channels, including two game show specific channels, “Family Feud Classic” and “The Price is Right: The Barker Era.”

The eight new channels are:

  • True History — Led by expert historians, viewers travel through time — from the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the Beatles.
  • Baywatch — The channel features the “Baywatch” lifeguards on their adventures filled with beautiful beaches and those iconic red swimsuits.
  • The Price is Right: The Barker Era — The channel features television’s longest-running game show, featuring host Bob Barker, where audience members try to win cash and prizes.
  • Maximum Effort Channel — The Maximum Effort Channel is home to original and classic TV and movies — as well as some surprising content breaks — made for maximum comfort. Creative control over the channel’s content has been granted to Maximum Effort Productions.
  • Unbeaten — Unbeaten is a premium sports channel, featuring the biggest events and greatest athletes of all time. Recognized for its original documentary programming, select live sport action and daily analysis of the latest developments in mainstream sports, Unbeaten is the 24/7 showcase of the most significant events, personalities, teams and insights in sports.
  • Family Feud Classic — Two families face-off in a feud to the finish as they compete to see who can guess the most popular answers to surveys.
  • The Three Stooges — The Three Stooges Channel features hundreds of hours of the classic comedy.
  • Motorvision.TV — Motorvision.TV is the lifestyle and entertainment channel for fans of driving culture and motorsports, featuring live motorsports, supercars and classic cars.
     

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With the recent additions, Sling Freestream now offers more than 400 free channels and more than 41,000 free on-demand titles.

Sling Freestream is available through the Sling app on Amazon, Android, Roku, Comcast, LG, Samsung, Xbox and Vizio devices.

Sling Freestream Adds Six New Free Streaming Channels

Sling Freestream has added six new free streaming channels.

The channels are:

  • TG Junior, featuring educational shows for little ones from categories including sing-along songs, arts and crafts, and animals;
  • Toon Goggles, with kids shows including “Angry Birds,” “Talking Tom,” “Om Nom,” “Gummy Bears,” “Sonic,” “Yu-Gi-Oh!,” and more;
  • Ducktv, an original animated channel for children;
  • Afroland TV, with movies, Nollywood, and TV from Africa and its diaspora;
  • FilmRise Comedy, featuring films such as Bernie and Relative Strangers, and series such as Lorne Michaels’ sketch comedy show “Above Average Presents” and the Simu Liu-led sitcom “Kim’s Convenience”; and
  • FilmRise Food, featuring cooking competitions such as “Iron Chef” and Gordon Ramsay’s cooking specials.

 

With the addition of the new programming, Sling Freestream now offers more than 360 channels and more than 41,000 on demand titles that are all free.

Sling Freestream Adds Seven New Free Channels, Including FilmRise Black TV

Sling Freestream recently added seven new channels, including bite size dramas and dramatic confessions, including FilmRise Black TV and a channel of martial arts movies.

New Sling Freestream channels include:

  • FilmRise Black TV, featuring Black-led movies and TV shows starring legends such as Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, Taraji P. Henson and more;
  • Kung Fu Movies, featuring martial arts stars such as Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Jet Li;
  • Flix Snip (On Demand), featuring minimovies and series in under 20 minutes;
  • News 12 New York, the 24-hour local news service for the tri-state area;
  • Confess by Nosey, with true stories about family, friends, and feelings featuring host such as Maury Povich, Karamo Brown, Steve Harvey and Judge Marilyn Milian from “The People’s Court”;
  • Dr. G: Medical Examiner, featuring medical examiner Jan “Dr. G” Garavaglia as she reviews some of her morgue’s most puzzling cases; and
  • Aliwko (On Demand), with addictive dramas, cinema hits and Filipino lifestyle.

 

With the addition of the new programming, Sling Freestream now offers more than 275 channels and more than 41,000 on demand titles that are all free.

Sling Freestream is a free service available through the Sling app on Amazon, Roku, Comcast, LG, Samsung, Xbox and Vizio devices.

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