With the ViacomCBS merger last year, the companies combined their respective channels to create a strong portfolio that includes BET, Comedy Central, VH1, Nickelodeon, MTV, and more. Now, the merged company is bringing those channels to YouTube TV.
Today, ViacomCBS and Google announced a multi-year distribution agreement to bring 14 ViacomCBS channels to YouTube TV, joining the CBS stations on the service. BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1 will launch on YouTube TV this summer, the company announced.
“We are thrilled to have reached an expanded agreement with YouTube TV that recognizes the full power of our newly combined portfolio as ViacomCBS,” said Ray Hopkins, President, U.S. Networks Distribution, ViacomCBS. “Google has been an excellent partner, and we look forward to bringing even more of our entertainment networks to YouTube TV subscribers for the first time.”
“We’re excited to launch ViacomCBS’ portfolio on YouTube TV this summer, ” said Lori Conkling, Global Head of Partnerships at YouTube TV. “Our expanded partnership delivers on our promise to offer a premium portfolio of content to our YouTube TV subscribers, as well as across the YouTube platforms.”
Viacom channels are currently available on AT&T TV NOW, fuboTV, Philo, Vidgo, and Sling TV. With YouTube TV soon to join that list, Hulu with Live will be the only major live TV streaming service without Viacom channels.
It’s important to keep in mind that when more channels are added to a streaming service, that also comes with a price hike. YouTube TV has not yet mentioned whether there will be an increase in cost when the channels are added.
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