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Vizio Adds Four Scripps Company Channels to Ad-Supported Streaming Platform

Vizio Aug. 31 announced it has added four free channels from The E.W. Scripps Company, including ION, ION Mystery, Bounce XL and Grit Xtra to its ad-supported streaming service WatchFree+.

ION features a collection of television re-run dramas, including “NCIS,” “Chicago Fire,” “Law & Order: SVU” and original holiday movies.

ION Mystery offers docuseries, originals, and TV shows including “NCIS: New Orleans” and the “CSI” franchise, plus real-life investigative series.

Bounce XL targets black viewers with original programming and specials, scripted sitcoms, and dramas.

Grit Xtra features legendary heroes, stars and timeless tales of the American West streaming all-time favorite western TV series and movies.

“We are pleased to be working with Scripps … helping us deliver on our commitment to provide entertainment options and enhanced consumer experiences,” Katherine Pond, group VP of platform content and partnerships at Vizio, said in a statement.

The new channels further expand the distribution of Scripps content across the WatchFree+ platform beyond existing channels such as Newsy and ION Plus and premium streaming apps — Newsy, Court TV and Brown Sugar.

“Our growing relationship with Vizio is part of the rapid expansion of our networks into connected-TV and free streaming platforms,” said Jeffrey Wolf, chief distribution officer of the Scripps Networks division. “We are able to reach more consumers and broaden the audience for our brands and wide array of programming.”

 WatchFree+ is a free streaming service available to Vizio Smart TV owners with no logins, subscriptions or fees required. The operating system comes equipped with every internet-connected Vizio TV.

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