ViacomCBS’s Pluto TV to launch in Italy

ViacomCBS-owned free streaming service Pluto TV is to launch in Italy on October 28.   According to ViacomCBS, PlutoTV will be Italy’s first Free ad-supported television (FAST) service and will complement Paramount+ when the premium streaming service launches in Italy next year. Pluto TV will launch on mobile via iOS and Android, desktop and Connected TV (CTV) devices, such as Samsung Tizen, LG Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Chromecast, and select channels […]

Rlaxx TV and Smartclip team up for advertising

Smartclip, the ad tech unit of RTL Group, has teamed up with AVOD service provider rlaxx TV to monetise the linear ad breaks within the rlaxx TV channel-offering across Europe. Smartclip will support rlaxx TV in its core markets including the UK and Germany , while Spain will join the lineup within the next few […]

AVOD service rlaxx TV launches in France, Spain and Portugal

Germany-based free ad-based video-on-demand service rlaxx TV has launched its offering in France, Spain, and Portugal. The three new markets join the previously announced availability in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the UK.  rlaxx TV, featuring linear as well as AVOD catalogues, includes features such as stop, fast-forward or rewind and provides access to a range premium […]

Pluto TV taps Blue Ant for 650 hours of content

Global distribution group Blue Ant International has licensed more than 650 hours of programming to Pluto TV, the ViacomCBS-owned free streaming service. Beginning this month, Pluto TV’s audiences will have access to programming from Blue Ant International’s factual entertainment, specialist factual and high-impact documentaries. The programming will be available on the Pluto TV’s live, linear channels […]

No plans for ad-supported Disney+, says Chapek

Disney has no plans to follow the likes of HBO Max and Paramount+ in launching a cheaper ad-supported tier for Disney+. In comments made at the Credit Suisse 23rd Annual Communications Conference, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said that Disney+, which upped its prices by US$1/£1/€1 earlier this year, is satisfied with its subscription revenues. As […]

AVOD consumption down 10% in less than six months in US

The number of users of US AVOD services has dropped by 10% in less than six months, according to research powerhouse Omdia. According to the latest consumer survey from Omdia, US AVOD penetration declined from 93% in November 2020 to 83% in April of this year. The results were revealed by Omdia’s senior research director, […]

Pluto TV France strikes deal with Mediawan, adds 10 channels

ViacomCBS-owned AVOD service Pluto TV is to add 10 new channels to its French offering, with 1,000 hours of programming and 150 movies from media company Mediawan’s catalogue. The new channels will add to Pluto TV’s existing French offering of over 45 channels. The service has set an objective of offering 100 channels by the […]

Amazon launches free video streaming service MiniTV in India

Amazon’s latest foray into ad-supported services has arrived in India. Dubbed MiniTV, the ‘completely free’ service is available within the Amazon shopping app and is entirely separate from its Prime Video platform. The streamer features web series, comedy shows, tech news, food, beauty and fashion content. Amazon has announced content deals with leading Indian studios […]

A fifth of Brits are spending two working days a week watching streaming services

A fifth of Brits spend over 16 hours a week watching streaming services. According to new figures from The Trade Desk, 19% of consumers in the UK spend the equivalent of two working days per week streaming content.  The report also notes an increasing reluctance from consumers to pay for their streamed content however, with […]

Vice Media expands into AVOD with Roku

Vice Media Group has launched its first FAST (Free Ad-supported Streaming TV) channel on the Roku platform.  The channel, which premieres today on The Roku Channel, the home of free and premium TV on the Roku platform, will feature premium series and documentaries covering culture, entertainment, food, tech, sports and news from across Vice Media […]

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