Get ready for another streaming service. Maybe.
ViacomCBS — that's the new company formed by the newly merged Viacom and CBS — is "considering creating ... a new streaming service that will build on CBS All Access," CNBC reported late Thursday, citing anonymous sources.
ViacomCBS hasn't announced anything of yet, and CNBC says the new service doesn't even have a name yet. But it would roll all of the company's properties into a single service.
And all those properties are fairly substantial. They include:
- CBS Entertainment
- CBS All Access
- CBS Interactive
- CBS News
- CBS Sports
- CBS Television Studios
- Comedy Central
- Paramount Network
- Paramount Pictures
- Pluto TV
- ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group
- CBS Television Stations
- CBS Television Distribution
- Channel 5
- Network 10
- CBS Sports Network
- Smithsonian Channel
- The CW
- TV Land
- Watch! Magazine
- ViacomCBS Corporation
From CNBC :
While ViacomCBS executives haven't made any firm decisions, they are considering creating a service with advertisements that will combine CBS All Access with Viacom assets including Pluto TV, Nickelodeon, BET, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures, said the people, who asked not to be named because the product discussions are private.
An ad-free version will also be available, and a premium version of the streaming service will include Showtime, the people said. ViacomCBS executives haven't decided on a name for the service, nor a price, though the base service will probably be less than $10 a month, two of the people said.
In addition to all the major names under the umbrella like MTV, Nickelodeon, Showtime and Paramount, there's another acquisition at play here that makes perfect sense. Pluto TV is a longtime free (as in ad-supported) streaming service that has combined various channels into a single platform. So this sort of thing isn't completely alien to the ViacomCBS family.
It's just that it doesn't yet have anyting that actually makes use of all the tentpoles. And perhaps that's going to change.
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