|Founders||Tom Ryan |
Pluto TV runs as an app on 14 platforms, including Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, and PlayStation consoles. Live and on-demand Pluto TV content is also available via their website. The company currently has more than 75 content partners, over 100 free channels, and reaches over 15 million monthly active users. Pluto TV generates revenue from video advertisements between programming, with plans to remain a free television provider. Pluto TV licenses its content directly from providers.
In July 2015, Pluto TV signed a deal with Hulu to distribute Hulu's free video content. In October 2015, they added 20 additional channels, bringing the total number of additional channels to above 100. On May 15, 2016, Pluto TV signed a deal with Sony to launch the Pluto TV app on the PlayStation Store for the Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
In 2016, the company raised $30 million in series B venture capital funding, valuing the company at $140 million. The round was led by German TV station ProSieben, with additional funding from telecommunications company Sky UK. Pluto Inc. added a chief programming officer role in April, 2017.
In 2017, Pluto TV added a large library of movies and television shows on demand. Pluto's library is licensed from MGM, Viacom, Columbia TriStar, DHX Media, Nelvana, Fremantle, Monstercat, King Features Syndicate, and other studios. On September 11, 2018, Pluto TV launched a channel dedicated to Hell's Kitchen. Variety reported that as of May 2017[update], the service was averaging 6 million users per month, and was rated one of the most-watched apps on Roku, as of October 2017[update]. A channel dedicated to movies from The Asylum was added in June 2017. On October 17, 2017, Impact Wrestling announced they were launching a channel on Pluto TV.
In August 2018, Vizio announced a new streaming experience called WatchFree, built into several models of its lineup of Internet-connected smart TVs. This service is powered by Pluto TV, and Vizio advertised "an easy-to-navigate, cable-like interface" in the announcement.
Purchase by Viacom (2019-present)Edit
Viacom's plans for Pluto TV include more licensed content from Viacom, expansion into Latin America, availability on smart TVs, and paid subscriptions. On March 18, 2019, Viacom announced plans to launch Pluto TV worldwide.
On May 1, 2019, Pluto introduced channels based on Viacom cable outlets and other owned properties, including content from Paramount Pictures, BET, Comedy Central, Logo, Nickelodeon (including Nick Jr. and NickRewind content), and MTV. Among those channels is a revival of Spike, which had folded a year prior. The free channels do not match the feeds received by cable and satellite subscribers; the online versions focus primarily on archival content and series that Pluto TV has acquired from other providers.
On May 13, 2019, Pluto TV launched a channel dedicated to Major League Soccer. On May 14, 2019, Pluto TV launched a channel dedicated to the series Midsomer Murders. On May 20, 2019, The Young Turks Network was added to Pluto TV. On May 29, 2019, Pluto TV launched on the Fire TV in the UK, Germany and Austria.
On June 4, 2019, Pluto TV launched channels Pluto TV Weddings and a channel for Viacom's Logo cable network. On June 27, 2019, Viacom added Pluto TV Drama, Pluto TV Movies and Pluto TV Food to Channel 5's My5 on-demand lineup, with My5 channels being launched on Pluto UK in August 2019.
On June 13, 2019, Pluto TV launched a free streaming network on Comcast's Xfinity X1 cable boxes.
On July 1, 2019, Pluto TV launched Pluto TV Latino. On July 9, 2019, Pluto TV launched the channel British TV. On July 23, 2019, Pluto TV added Eleven Sports Network and a River Monsters channel.
On July 17, 2019, Pluto TV added a channel dedicated to Dora the Explorer. On July 23, Pluto TV added Totally Turtles, a channel dedicated to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. On July 30, 2019, Pluto TV launched three MTV-branded music video channels.
As of July 2019, the service averaged 18 million users per month. On August 20, 2019, NFL Channel, Comedy Central Roast (a collection of old roasts), CMT Cheer 24/7 (Old episodes of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team), TV Land Sitcoms (Replacing Pluto TV Sitcoms), and TV Land Drama all launched.
As of February 2018[update], Pluto carries over 100 channels packaging content acquired through various syndication deals. Traditional television channels whose feeds are carried directly on Pluto include NASA TV, WeatherNation TV, Buzzr, Newsmax TV, Bloomberg Television, RT, and Stadium.
- The Asylum
- BBC Studios
- Big Sky Conference
- Bloomberg Television
- Cheddar News
- Columbia TriStar
- Dash Radio
- DHX Media
- Eleven Sports Network
- Fox Sports
- Geek and Sundry
- Glory Kickboxing
- King Features Syndicate
- Impact Wrestling
- Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
- Major League Soccer
- Newsmax TV
- NASA TV
- NBC News
- People Magazine
- Shout! Factory
- Sky News
- WeatherNation TV
- The Young Turks
- Philo (company), another service partly owned by Viacom
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