Cineverse Gets FAST Distribution in Australia

Cineverse April 2 announced a new distribution deal with Australia-based Network 10, a division of Paramount Global. Through the deal, Cineverse is offering ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channels to 10 Play, an Australian free video-on-demand and catch-up TV service.

Cineverse’s “Crime Hunters” and “Comedy Dynamics” channels will be available as part of 10 Play’s free ad-supported Pluto TV lineup. “Crime Hunters,” which commenced March 20, features the “FBI Files” and “The New Detectives,” among other third-party channels. “Comedy Dynamics” launched March 27 featuring collections of stand-up comedy, including new and classic performances.

“These two Cineverse channels … complement showcasing a world of entertainment for audiences with premium, brand-safe content that also allows advertisers to connect with key demographics,” Daniel Monaghan, SVP content and programming for Paramount Australia, said in a statement.

The new channels add to 10 Play’s library of more than 50 FAST channels available on the “Live TV with Pluto TV” lineup featuring cult classics and hit TV series.

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“There was a clear choice for us where we wanted to start our international expansion in Australia, and Network 10 was the obvious leader in this space,” Marc Rashba, EVP of partnerships at Cineverse, said in a statement.

Pluto TV Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Pluto Planetary Status Rally

Ad-supported free streaming service Pluto TV April 1 celebrated its 10th anniversary with a rally in support of Pluto’s planetary status at UCLA Bruin Plaza in Los Angeles.

“It’s been 18 years since Pluto was demoted and we think it’s time for Pluto to have a vote in its own destiny,” read a Pluto TV press release.

The rally included a speech from Dr. Alan Stern, a flown commercial astronaut, planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, speaker, and author. He leads NASA’s New Horizons mission that explored the Pluto system and is now exploring the Kuiper Belt — the farthest exploration in the history of humankind.

As a counterpoint in the Pluto conversation, Neil deGrasse Tyson has made a special recording of his stance on the dwarf planet and its classification. The video recording available to watch here

Believers in Pluto’s right to planet-hood can sign the petition online to show support.

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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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Jack Hanna FAST Channel Launches on Pluto TV

Hearst Media Production Group, a producer and distributor of wildlife programming, announced the launch of HMPG’s FAST channel The Jack Hanna Channel on Pluto TV.

The announcement follows HMPG’s recent acquisition of the library of TV series hosted by the wildlife ambassador. The purchase added nearly 400 episodes of the series “Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown” and “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild” to HMPG’s portfolio of Hanna content.

The Jack Hanna Channel showcases Hanna as he takes viewers on worldwide adventures to discover some of the most fascinating animals.

Audiences can access The Jack Hanna Channel for free on Pluto TV’s “Animals + Nature” category. 

“Wildlife programming, and Jack himself, are hugely popular with all audience demographics, and The Jack Hanna Channel has proven a powerful audience draw across platforms,” Andrew Tew, HMPG SVP, global licensing and distribution, said in a statement.

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“We are excited to partner with HMPG and deliver our audiences 24/7 access to the wonders of The Jack Hanna Channel,” Scott Reich, SVP, programming, Pluto TV, said in a statement. “This addition to our newly launched Animals + Nature category brings our viewers more of the wildlife programming they love and endless opportunities to learn and explore.”

Pluto TV’s ‘Couch Potato Farming’ Led Streaming-Light Super Bowl Ad Lineup, Including Newcomer Zeam

With CBS paying a reported $2.1 billion to the NFL for exclusive media rights to Super Bowl LVIII — won in overtime, 25-22, by the Kansas City Chiefs over the San Francisco 49ers Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas — corporate parent Paramount Global didn’t waste the commercial opportunity  to tout its streaming businesses, which include subscription-based Paramount+, CBS.com, the CBS app and free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) platform Pluto TV.

With a 30-second commercial reportedly costing $7 million, notably absent from the Big Game live-streaming on Paramount+ were spots showcasing Netflix, Disney+, NBCUniversal’s Peacock, Prime Video, and Warner Bros. Discovery’s Max platform.

 

With Paramount+ running (for the second consecutive year) the platform’s “Mountain of Entertainment” theme, the company also aired two “couch potato farming” ads for Pluto TV, which featured a field of people and animals dressed as potatoes watching their own television screens.

“This here … this is Pluto TV country,” said the narrator. “Here on this farm, we grow couch potatoes … fed with the finest content with Pluto TV. Thousands of TV shows and movies … for free. This country was raised on TV. TV that was easy. TV that was free.”

Streaming newcomer Zeam, the pending ad-supported platform showcasing local news, sports and culture, aired a regional Super Bowl spot in the third quarter on Gray TV/ CBS stations featuring actor John Stamos. The distribution was key since those stations will largely supply Zeam with the bulk of its content at launch.

The Apple Music streaming service once again (since 2022) sponsored the Super Bowl Halftime Show featuring R&B entertainer Usher, Alicia Keys, H.E.R. (singer/songwriter Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson), will.i.am, Ludacris, Lil Jon, and Jermaine Dupri.

More than 30.1 million U.S. households watched the 2024 Super Bowl Halftime Show, up 5% from the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show, according to new data from Samba TV.

Apple Music reportedly has 88 million subscribers, with the tally expected to surpass 100 million in 2024.

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.

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘StarTalk’ Channel on Pluto TV

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk media network Feb. 5 announced the launch of the StarTalk TV on free streaming television service Pluto TV. StarTalk teamed with global creator company Jellysmack to develop its first ever live linear channel, which fuses science with pop culture and humor.

StarTalk TV showcases the expertise of renowned astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium Director, Neil deGrasse Tyson, alongside his comedic co-hosts, distinguished scientists, and guest celebrities such as Mayim Bialik, Jason Sudeikis, Jack Black, and Lindsey Vonn. StarTalk TV makes cosmic phenomena accessible to Pluto TV viewers, delving deep into captivating topics from space travel and extraterrestrial life to the Big Bang, the science behind iconic pop culture moments, and mind-blowing discoveries from across the universe.

“We are thrilled to bring StarTalk to Pluto TV,” said host Neil deGrasse Tyson. “At StarTalk, we transform complex science into fun and accessible content for everyone — especially for those who might think science is neither interesting nor relevant to their lives. We look forward to sharing our unique cosmic perspectives with the Pluto TV audience, as we continue to bring the universe down to Earth.”

StarTalk TV can be found under Pluto TV’s new History + Science category, offering viewers a dedicated space to explore and learn about the wonders of our planet and beyond. The channel will join an extensive selection of live linear channels and a vast library of on-demand titles offered by the free streaming service.

“Welcoming the StarTalk TV channel into our streaming orbit gives our viewers the opportunity to explore content that inspires curiosity and fosters a deeper understanding of the universe,” said Amy Kuessner, EVP of programming at Pluto TV. “This newest addition reinforces Pluto TV as not only a source of endless entertainment, but also a wellspring of education and knowledge to everyone, anytime, anywhere.”

The new channel further expands reach for StarTalk, which currently publishes content on a daily basis to a wide audience across traditional and digital platforms. Combined, Tyson’s and StarTalk’s social media fan base currently totals more than 25 million followers.

StarTalk TV is developed in collaboration with Jellysmack, the global creator company that uses AI to detect promising creators and distribute their content to multiple platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, Spotify, TikTok and more. Jellysmack has been partnered with StarTalk since 2021.

“We are thrilled to grow our partnership with StarTalk and join forces with Pluto TV to bring educational and entertaining content to Pluto’s leading free streaming platform,” said Stefanie Schwartz, Jellysmack’s chief business officer. “StarTalk TV is a great example of how Jellysmack is developing and scaling today’s most engaging creator brands into the digital media empires of tomorrow.”

For Jellysmack, the channel represents the company’s first deal with Pluto TV, and joins the global creator company’s growing portfolio of FAST channels which includes creator lifestyle channel Hello Inspo, true-crime creator channel Mysteria, and several linear channels from Jellysmack’s recent acquisition of Dan Abram’s Law & Crime Network.

Pluto TV Launches Ad-Supported Free ‘Super Bowl Classics’ Streaming Channel

Paramount Global’s free ad-supported Pluto TV streaming platform has launched an exclusive pop-up channel in the weeks surrounding next month’s Super Bowl LVIII. Dubbed “NFL Super Bowl Classics,” the channel joins the streamer’s “NFL Channel,” which launched in 2019 featuring live game day coverage, NFL game replays, original shows, and Emmy-Award winning series, among other content.

The channel will feature past Super Bowl games and specials 24/7 so NFL fans can relive every pass, touchdown and Hail Mary of the annual classic. The channel will be available through Feb. 21.

In addition to full game replays, the channel will feature NFL Films programming, docuseries and specials highlighting the legacy of the game. These include “History of the Super Bowl,” which takes a look back at how the Super Bowl was invented and its evolution to the biggest sporting event ever, and retrospectives from “NFL Throwback” on defining moments and players such as “Greatest Super Bowl Finishes,” “Ranking every Super Bowl MVP Performance” and ‘Craziest Super Bowl Plays of All Time.”

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“The addition of NFL Super Bowl Classics channel to Pluto TV’s lineup allows fans to discover and relive those unforgettable games and moments in one place,” Amy Kuessner, EVP of programming for Pluto TV, said in a statement.

The channel delves into the NFL archives, providing fans the opportunity to re-live some of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history, such as the nerve-wracking first overtime in Super Bowl LI, David Tyree’s helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII and San Francisco’s inspiring 92-yard drive to win Super Bowl XXIII.

Viewers can find the channel exclusively on the Pluto TV app or connected TV devices in the Sports category. All games will stream sequentially with specials and docuseries interspersed.

Paramount’s CBS Sports will offer multiplatform coverage of Super Bowl LVIII from Las Vegas, featuring CBS Sports’ presentation on CBS and Paramount+, and a slime-filled telecast exclusively on Nickelodeon.

Pluto TV Adding ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Supermarket Sweep’ Channels

Pluto TV is adding two new FAST channels later this month, “Criminal Minds” and “Supermarket Sweep.”

In “Criminal Minds,” special agents Jason Gideon and Aaron Hotchner head up the FBI’s most elite profiling team — experts in analyzing criminal minds.

With the addition of “Supermarket Sweep,” Pluto​​ TV continues to expand its Game Show category. In the show, contestants earn time by playing grocery pricing games. Then, they use that time to run wild through the aisles grabbing everything that fits into their cart. The team that gathers the most groceries wins.

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Pluto TV Launches Three New FAST Channels, Including ‘Say Yes to the Dress’

Pluto TV has launched three new free ad-supported streaming channels: Warner Bros. TV Say Yes to the Dress, Warner Bros. TV Sweet Escapes and Ion.

The Warner Bros. TV Say Yes to the Dress channel features Kleinfeld Bridal as it makes each bride’s experience unforgettable in a show that is part bridal story, part makeover and part therapy session.

The Warner Bros. TV Sweet Escapes channel features cake competitions, baking and beyond.

The Ion channel features shows such as “NCIS,” “FBI,” and “Chicago Fire.”

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