WBD’s MotorTrend FAST Channel Lands on Pluto TV

Warner Bros. Discovery’s ad-supported MotorTrend FAST TV channel has launched on Pluto TV, Paramount’s ad-supported streaming platform. The new FAST channel will allow automotive viewers to stream MotorTrend’s extensive library of premium automotive programming.

MotorTrend FAST TV streams MotorTrend shows such as “Roadkill,” “Bitchin’ Rides” and “Texas Metal,” paired with weekly events such as Mecum Auctions.

“[The] partnership with Pluto TV marks a significant step in our mission to bring automotive content to a broader audience,” Mark Jocson, head of distribution and business development at MotorTrend Group, said in a statement.

Pluto TV is available across all major mobile, CTV and web devices. The service accounted for 0.7% of the total household TV streaming market in January, according to Nielsen.

The Pluto TV partnership follows a series of launches in 2023 that have propelled MotorTrend FAST TV’s reach to households with an audience exceeding 100 million, according to WBD.

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Warner Bros. Discovery’s MotorTrend Brand Adds Free Ad-Supported TV to The Roku Channel

Warner Bros. Discovery June 5 announced that it will bring its MotorTrend brand’s free ad-supported television (FAST) linear channel to The Roku Channel. The expansion is a significant step in MotorTrend’s strategy to offer automotive content to wider streaming audiences.

“Since launching seven months ago, we’ve seen over 10 million hours of ad-supported viewing across five continents, cementing MotorTrend’s mission to transform the way car fans connect with their favorite automotive programming,” Alex Wellen, CEO of MotorTrend Group, said in a statement.

Roku and MotorTrend in April announced co-production for the second season of “Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew” created in partnership with Hartbeat Productions, and streaming on The Roku Channel as a Roku and MotorTrend Original series.

“Given the popularity of the automotive content previously distributed with MotorTrend, Roku is [eager] to bring our millions of streamers access to additional premium automotive content,” said Jennifer Vaux, VP of content acquisition and programming at Roku.

Additionally, the new FAST distribution deal strengthens the long-standing partnership between MotorTrend Group and Roku, in which 7,000 episodes of MotorTrend content can be viewed ad-free through MotorTrend+ on the Roku platform, and on the MotorTrend channel with a MotorTrend Roku Premium Subscription.

MotorTrend FAST TV is also available on Amazon Freevee, Samsung TV Plus, Vizio WatchFree+, Xumo, and Plex, the latter providing international distribution. The FAST channel is also available on MotorTrend.com and MotorTrend+ as an owned-and-operated channel.

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MotorTrend Streaming Service to Debut Original Series ‘Holden Bros. Restos’ Transforming Budget Cars

MotorTrend, Warner Bros. Discovery’s automotive-themed brand, April 13 announced it would debut new DIY program, “Holden Bros. Restos” on May 1o on the brand’s Amazon Prime Channels, Amazon FireTV, Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast MotorTrend TV platform, in addition to the MotorTrend+ app on iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices.

On the show, brothers Willie and Stephen Holden swap engines, upgrade the performance and revitalize every vehicle that comes through their shop in Central Texas. The series follows the brothers as they combine craftsmanship and resourcefulness to revamp vehicles on modest budgets. The builds are accessible vehicles chosen by what the brothers think they can quickly turn around within budget while having the most fun.

In each episode, the Holden brothers find a car or truck for around $5,000 and use the rest of their $25,000 budget to transform it into a ride any gearhead would enjoy.

Renovations include a 1969 VW Vanagon, 1966 Ford F-350, 1988 Chevy K5 Blazer, 1993 Volvo 240 Wagon, 1976 Jeep DJ-5 Postal Truck, 1985 Mercedes Benz 300d Turbo Diesel, 1985 Dodge D-100, and 1971 Chevy Chevelle Wagon, among others.

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MotorTrend Expands International FAST Channel Access

Warner Bros. Discovery March 8 announced that its MotorTrend Group brand’s MotorTrend FAST TV will now be available on the free global streaming media app Plex in India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.K., in addition to the U.S. and Canada. This marks the first international launch into overseas markets for ad-supported MotorTrend FAST TV as part of the next phase of expanded distribution.

Plex users can stream MotorTrend FAST TV on almost any device including Apple and Android mobile phones and tablets, smart-TVs and gaming consoles, without a subscription.

“The ease of non-subscription streaming and our fun and informative shows celebrating car culture are universally engaging,” Mark Jocson, head of distribution at MotorTrend Group, said in a statement. “Free ad-supported streaming TV success across North America has shown us that our automotive content is resonating with fans, and we’re confident international audiences are going to love it, too.”

MotorTrend FAST TV, streams the brand’s most popular shows such as “Roadkill,” “Bitchin’ Rides” and “Texas Metal,” among others. Weekend content also features the spinoff series “Faster With Finnegan.”

The FAST channel is also available on Amazon Freevee, Samsung TV Plus, Vizio and Xumo.

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Warner Bros. Discovery Ups Automotive TV Programming on Amazon Freevee

Warner Bros. Discovery unit, MotorTrend Group, Dec. 13 announced expanded distribution of the brand’s automotive TV programming — MotorTrend FAST TV — with new availability on the Amazon Freevee app.

“The more platforms we are available on, the more automotive enthusiasts we can reach, and ultimately the more viewers we can introduce to the motoring world,” Mark Jocson, head of distribution for MotorTrend Group, said in a statement.

Amazon Freevee, formerly known as IMDb TV, is a streaming video service featuring premium movies and TV shows, including originals and free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) channels.

MotorTrend FAST TV shows include “Roadkill,” “Bitchin’ Rides,” and “Texas Metal,” among others. “Roadkill” features experts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, who specialize in automotive chaos theory — brilliant execution of bad ideas involving all manner of muscle cars, 4x4s and/or hot rods. The show has spawned a spinoff show, “Faster With Finnegan.”

MotorTrend FAST TV is currently also available on platforms, including Samsung TV Plus and Comcast’s Xumo.

Warner Bros. Discovery’s MotorTrend Group Launches FAST Streaming Channel

Warner Bros. Discovery business unit MotorTrend Oct. 26 announced the launch of a (FAST) free ad-supported streaming television channel. Available on Samsung TV Plus and Xumo, the FAST channel compliments MotorTrend+, the ad-free subscription streaming service dedicated entirely to the motoring world and MotorTrend TV already available in 73 million homes.

MotorTrend FAST TV, will stream MotorTrend’s most popular shows in the U.S and Canada, such as “Roadkill,” “Bitchin’ Rides” and “Texas Metal,” among others, online without a subscription.

“With MotorTrend FAST TV we have the opportunity to reach new audiences who may not have sampled our offering in the past,” Mark Jocson, VP of distribution and partnerships for MotorTrend Group, said in a statement.

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FAST programming highlights include:

  • Low Buck Builds series such as “Dirt Every Day” and “Roadkill’s Junkyard Garage” showcasing MotorTrend’s crew of engine ingenuity and knowledge with a focus on function, not appearance.
  • Classics and Restorations take viewers inside the craftsmanship of stunning, one-of-a-kind custom rebuilds that blend performance and style. Series include “Iron Resurrection,” “Unique Rides” and “Speed is the New Black.”
  • Do-It-Yourself shows that provide helpful tips, tricks and recommendations for the at home hobbyist builder such as “Engine Masters,” “All Girls Garage,” “Four-Wheeler” and “Car Fix.”
  • Late Model Showcase with shows including “Head 2 Head” and “Ignition” provides answers to those wondering what’s new, what’s fast and what’s cool in the automotive world.