With the renewal of the agreement, the Paramount SVOD service will debut on Virgin TV in 2023 and will expand the distribution of Pluto TV, the main free television service with advertising (FAST)
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LONDON, Nov. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramount and Virgin Media today announced a new multi-year distribution deal, expanding their existing long-term partnership across Paramount's linear channels and streaming services in the UK.
The partnership renewal will see Paramount, the global video-on-demand (SVOD) service, debut on Virgin TV in 2023. Full integration of the app into Virgin Media set-top boxes will give customers the opportunity to access more 8,000 hours of exclusive original movies, blockbusters and iconic series across all genres from world-renowned Paramount brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME® and Paramount Pictures.
Under the new deal, Pluto TV, the leading free ad-supported television (FAST) service, will also gain wider distribution in the UK on Virgin Media's cutting-edge TV360 and Stream services, reaching new customers and providing access to over 100 curated channels, including Hell's Kitchen, CSI: Miami and MTV Movie Hits, seasonal and themed channels like Pluto TV Halloween and Pluto TV Crime, and a range of on-demand movies and series. In 2023, Pluto TV's range of channels will also launch in a dedicated FAST section of Virgin TV's electronic program guide, allowing customers to access channels seamlessly.
Virgin Media TV customers will continue to enjoy thousands of hours of entertainment from Paramount, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon's pay-TV brands, as well as continued distribution of the free-to-air Channel 5 brand, its portfolio of digital channels. and Channel 5's My5 on-demand service.
Sarah Rose, Paramount's UK and Canada Chief Operating and Commercial Officer, said: "Our long-standing partnership with Virgin Media continues to help us unleash the power of Paramount's content. The increased distribution of our SVOD and FAST services, Paramount and Pluto TV will support our ambitious UK streaming growth plans, as well as our popular portfolio of free-to-air and pay TV channels."
David Bouchier, Director of Television and Entertainment at Virgin Media O2, said: "We are constantly looking to offer our customers even more entertainment to enjoy whenever and wherever they want. Our new partnership with Paramount offers access not only to award-winning drama channels, comedy, music and kids, but also to FAST channels on Pluto TV and premium SVOD with Paramount. It's fantastic news for our customers and gives them even more to look forward to next year."
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Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences around the world. Powered by iconic studios, networks and streaming services, its portfolio of consumer brands includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount, Pluto TV and Simon.
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About Virgin Media O2
Virgin Media O2 launched on June 1, 2021, combining the UK's largest and most reliable mobile network with a broadband network that offers the fastest broadband speeds widely available. It is a customer-first organization that brings together a range of connectivity services in one place with a clear mission: to improve the nation. Virgin Media O2 is the corporate brand of the 50:50 joint venture between Liberty Global and Telefónica SA, and one of the UK's largest companies.
Virgin Media O2 completed the rollout of gigabit broadband speeds across its network in 2021 and plans to upgrade its fixed network to full fiber through installations with completion in 2028. In January 2022, it also announced that it would be the only major mobile phone network that would not recover roaming charges in Europe.
Today, the company offers award-winning WiFi and broadband connectivity to homes, as well as a connected entertainment service. This service brings together live television, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and a wide selection of apps for customers via set-top box and on the go via tablets and smartphones.
It also offers 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G mobile services, and is the network of choice for mobile virtual network operators giffgaff, Sky Mobile and Lycamobile, as well as running a 50:50 joint venture with Tesco for Tesco Mobile.
Virgin Media O2 Business plays a leading role in supporting the public sector and businesses of all sizes. This includes a variety of managed connectivity services and flexible working capabilities, security, data insights, 5G private networks and cloud solutions, as well as wholesale services to other carriers and partners.
Virgin Media O2 is committed to using the power of connectivity to supercharge communities across the UK, taking action to close the digital divide and helping build an inclusive, resilient and low-carbon economy. The company has made an ambitious commitment to achieve zero carbon emissions across all of its operations, products and supply chain by the end of 2040.
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