Advanced Television

Pluto TV marks 1 year in Canada

December 8, 2023

On December 1st, Pluto TV, the ad-supported streaming television, celebrated its one-year anniversary in Canada as the largest FAST platform in the country pacing at over 1 billion total viewing minutes (TVMs) monthly. Since entering the Canadian market, Pluto TV in Canada has added over 50 new full-time channels, is available across 11 distribution partners, and has doubled the hours of content available on the platform since launch, now delivering more than 40,000 hours of movies, shows, documentaries, news, and music available live and on demand.

“Since its inception, Pluto TV has had one mission– to entertain the planet. Pluto TV in Canada has truly been a rocket-ship, quickly climbing to the top as the country’s largest FAST platform. Pluto TV in Canada is one of our biggest international success stories to date, and this success is a testament of the value of our proposition for both users and partners,” commented Olivier Jollet, Executive Vice President and International General Manager, Pluto TV.

“It’s incredible what we did in just 12 months with Pluto TV in Canada, where we are now the largest FAST platform, delivering over 40,000 hours of content,” said Doug Smith, SVP, Streaming and Content Licensing, Canada, Paramount Global. “Canadians have enthusiastically embraced Pluto TV and its vast content offering including fan-favourite series like CSI, NCIS, Star Trek, South Park, Doctor Who, Frasier, Cheers, King of Queens, Jersey Shore and even Dora The Explorer along with content from our iconic brands MTV and Comedy Central. Every day we continue to see new user adoption alongside our ever-expanding catalogue of hit shows, movies, and more.”

Led by a team of local content experts, in its first year Pluto TV offered Canadians a selection of special previews of new Paramount+ shows completely free (Special Ops: Lioness, Bargain and more), while also delivering exclusive programming stunts like Mission: Impossible, which featured the full franchise available to stream ahead of the theatrical debut of MI7. Prioritising people over algorithms, Pluto TV’s portfolio offers relevant programming based on the world around from new premieres to holiday stunts and more.

Over the past year, Pluto TV’s success within Canada has been driven by new channels and impactful partnerships with The Weather Network, Blue Ant Media, OUTtv, Sony, Lionsgate, Cineflix, NFB, Stingray, and Corus Entertainment, all fuelling the service’s expansive and ever-growing library. Pluto TV has announced more icbeloved, and fan-favourite content now streaming, and coming soon, to its multi-genre catalogue including:

Income Property Channel (Canadian)

Real estate expert Scott McGillivray shows homebuyers how to make their homes make money, with his hit series Income Property, Moving the McGillivrays, Buyer’s Bootcamp with Scott McGillivray, and more.

Pluto TV Westerns

With Gunsmoke topping the charts as the most-watched Classic TV Channel on Pluto TV in Canada, Pluto TV Westerns is a new channel dedicated to the spirit, the struggle, and the demise of the new frontier. Featured series include The Rifleman, Cisco Kid, Hopalong Cassidy, and Annie Oakley to name a few.

More MTV

Hot on the heels of Pluto TV’s announcement of five new MTV channels, the service is bringing even more of the famous brand’s series with new music channels MTV Xmas (available now) with additional channels coming in January including: MTV Spankin’ New, MTV Biggest Pop, Yo! MTV and MTV Classic. On the MTV front, the service will also live stream the 2024 MTV VMAs and EMAs.

Love Pets

Love Pets features heartfelt stories about the furry, slimy, spiky and all-around cuddly creatures and the devoted people who care for them.

Leave it to Bryan Channel (Canadian; launching in January)

The channel features various series from celebrity Canadian contractor Bryan Baeumler, including; House of Bryan, Disaster DIY, Bryan Inc., and Island of Bryan.

Pluto TV Holiday Programming

The channel offers festive holiday movies, series, and jolly fireplaces. Viewers can find their Yuletide joy with the Christmas 365 channel and pop-up channels including More Christmas 365, MTV Xmas, Crackling Fireplace, Festive Fireplace, and Holiday Lights.

Real Disaster Channel

With all the hard-hitting disaster and survival stories you crave, the Real Disaster Channel delivers heart-pounding adventure.

Sailor Moon Channel

The legendary Japanese manga-turned-anime series Sailor Moon gets a dedicated channel on Pluto TV with Seasons 1- 5 of the original series and Sailor Moon Crystal.

Naruto Channel

The popular Japanese manga series (pictured), written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, gets its own channel on Pluto TV with seasons 1-4 of the hit series available live and on demand.

NickToons is serving up some of the best Nickelodeon cartoons including SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Odd Parents and Sanjay & Craig.

Pluto TV Adventure Channel

Home to series like Survivorman and Sasquatch Mountain Man Pluto TV Adventure is for viewers who love adrenaline-fueled content that indulges their inner adventurer.

Crime Files (Launching in January)
With True Crime being one of the most-watched Categories on Pluto TV, Crime Files brings some new blood to the service, featuring Canadian-produced series like Exhibit A, 72 Hours: True Crime, and See No Evil.

These new channel additions join Pluto TV’s wide variety of genres and content categories including: Crime, True Crime, Classic TV, Sci-Fi and Supernatural, Comedy, Drama, Movies, Game Shows, Factual, News and Opinion, Local News (which includes 13 local Canadian news channels live), Home and DIY, Food, Kids, French, Sports, Anime and Music.

Pluto TV is also home to some of the biggest television IPs including a dedicated Star Trek channel featuring the original Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. The service also recently launched eight new channels from MTV and Comedy Central with iconic shows like Jersey Shore, The Hills, Are You The One?, The Challenge, Catfish: The TV Show, and Ridiculousness alongside comedy favourites like Chapelle’s Show, Reno 911!, Key & Peele, Beavis & Butt-Head, and Daria. This is in addition to iconic series like South Park, CSI, NCIS and series from Nickelodeon.

Categories: Articles, FTA, VOD

Tags: , , , , ,