ViacomCBS continues to take advantage of the opportunities created from its recent re-merger, this time by adding a number of CBS shows to the Pluto TV free streaming service.
Today ViacomCBS announced 40 CBS-produced shows will be added to Pluto TV, the popular ad-supported streaming service Viacom purchased in 2019. One of those shows will be Star Trek: The Next Generation. A spokesperson for Pluto TV tells TrekMovie that TNG is the first series for a new Star Trek channel being added to the live streaming service, with more Star Trek series being added later.
In addition to Star Trek: The Next Generation, starting on July 14 and continuing through the summer, the new slate of CBS programming on Pluto TV in the USA also includes Survivor, CSI: Miami, The Amazing Race, Beverly Hills 90210, Everybody Hates Chris, JAG, MacGyver, Scorpion, and Numbers. Pluto TV will also begin streaming select episodes from the first 10 seasons of South Park.
“Pluto TV is the leading free streaming television service in America and is distinguished by both the quantity and quality of its content,” said Tom Ryan, CEO and Co-Founder of Pluto TV. “With over 100,000 hours of unique content in the US alone, now supplemented by these iconic ViacomCBS franchises, Pluto TV is one of the broadest and deepest streaming services in the world, and guaranteed to offer something for everyone, on any device, for free.”
In addition to the new TV shows, a number of new films are being added to Pluto TV in July, including Star Trek Beyond and Galaxy Quest.
Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as all the other Star Trek television series are still available on the CBS All Access subscription service, including the new originals Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard. ViacomCBS also licenses TNG and other non-All Access original Star Trek shows to the Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime subscription services.
ViacomCBS has plans to update and expand All Access into a new “super streamer” to take on other studio-owned streamers like HBO Max, Peacock, and Disney+. In May CBS All Access added 100 films from the Paramount library and it was just announced that the upcoming SpongeBob movie Sponge on the Run will skip theaters to launch on All Access in 2021. More ViacomCBS content and an update to the user interface are due this summer with a full rebrand and relaunch of the service coming in early 2021.
Pluto TV is expected to continue to run in parallel to the new subscription service, but ViacomCBS will use Pluto TV to funnel users of the free ad-supported streamer to their subscription service.
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