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Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. launch free channels on Pluto TV


Streaming service Pluto TV is about to add some slime-tastic programming to its lineup. Among other brands, Viacom will launch linear 24-7 channels featuring Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. content for free beginning May 1st. These are different from the channels you get on TV.

In a press release, Viacom described the channels as:

  • Nick Pluto TV: Welcome to Nick Pluto TV where you can watch your favorite classic shows from All That, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Fairly Odd Parents, iCarly and more! It’s all on Nick Pluto TV.
  • Nick Jr. Pluto TV: Welcome to Nick Jr. Pluto TV where you’ll find your preschooler’s favorite friends from classic Blue’s Clues, Dora the Explorer, Wallykazam and many more hit Nick Jr. Pluto TV shows.

You’ll also see Are You Afraid of the Dark, Rugrats, Doug, SpongeBob,
Legends of the Hidden Temple and True Jackson, VP on the main channel. Nick Jr. Pluto TV will have shows like Robot and Monster, Wonder Pets! and Teletubbies.

The move isn’t much of a shocker. Nickelodeon owner Viacom purchased Pluto TV in January. Just don’t expect the newest shows to wind up on it. As a free service, Viacom isn’t going to want Pluto TV to devalue its pay TV offerings. The Nickelodeon channels generate significant revenue through subscription fees.

The announcement came as part of Viacom’s NewFront presentation. There, the company also announced the following two animation-related projects for free streaming:

  • JoJo and BowBow Show Show Season 2 (YouTube; Coming 2019): JoJo Siwa & Bow Bow are back! Join this pair as they go on brand new animated adventures with a pack of new pals and their furry friends.
  • SpongeBob Smarty Pants Game Show (SpongeBob YouTube Channel, Facebook; Coming 2019): “SpongeBob Smarty Pants” is a digital game show where two SpongeBob superfans compete to win The Golden Pineapple by answering trivia questions, completing messy stunts and competing in SpongeBob-themed games! There will be special live episodes of the show broadcast across Nickelodeon’s social accounts.

Launched in 2013, Pluto TV offers free, ad-supported linear television channels across a variety of streaming apps. The service mainly operates in the United States, though Viacom has plans for international expansion.


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