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Pluto TV is an American ad-supported streaming video service.

Unlike most streaming services, the on-demand content is a secondary focus. Pluto instead operates akin to a cable or satellite provider in that its offerings are primarily distributed via linear channels. As such, advertisements are inserted into each channel's programming akin to commercial breaks seen on traditional networks. Some of these channels are existing TV networks offered through Pluto, such as CBS, Scripps!Court TV and Buzzr note . The other channels are operated by Pluto themselves, which has content deals with studios such as MGM, Sony Pictures, and Shout! Factorynote . Some channels are devoted to one show 24/7, such as Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Price Is Right, Dora the Explorer, and vintage Doctor Who; they used to have audio-only music channels from Dash Radio (mimicking how Music Choice is provided with cable packages), but these were dropped in July 2020. Currently, over 200 channels are offered through apps on mobile devices, streaming devices, game consoles and PCs (though not all channels are available on all platforms for various reasons).

2019 saw Viacom acquire the service in an attempt to catch up with the streaming age. Almost immediately after purchase, Viacom brought their brands, such as MTV and Nickelodeon, to the service, offering archive programming. Even the former Spike TV (which was relaunched as Paramount Network in 2018) was revived as two Pluto channels.

With the late 2019 re-merger of Viacom and CBS, CBS's on-demand streamer, CBS All Access, became the combined company's main streaming focus. It was renamed and expanded as Paramount+ the next year following a major advertising push, using the company's internationally best-known brand in a lead up to international expansion. (Similarly, the combined ViacomCBS would rename itself Paramount Global in 2021 for the same reason.) With that, Pluto TV became a secondary streaming platform, largely tapping into Paramount's large back catalogue.

Pluto TV is also slowly expanding internationally, having launched in the UK. The service has also begun to be integrated into cable platforms, with Xfinity's X1 (and Cox's Contour, a rebrand of the X1 service) adding apps for the service. The beginning of 2020 saw further rollout of the service in worldwide markets, as well as a new logo and visual look (as seen above) and a new UI across all platforms. A major marketing campaign began to coincide with the rebrand, Pluto's first. The company announced in February of that year that Pluto TV content will also be offered as part of Paramount+.

In November 2021, it was announced that Pluto TV would broadcast episodes of the fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery in international markets where Paramount+ is not yet available, beginning on November 26, 2021. The move came following the program's removal from Netflix in those markets, with it having been previously stated it would not become available again until 2022.

See also Tubi, a rival ad-supported streaming service owned by Fox with much of the same content (in-particular, content from MGM and Shout! Factory) and Stirr, another free linear channel stream service.


Current Channel lineup:note 

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     Movies 
  • Pluto TV Spotlight
  • Action
  • ReAction
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Pluto TV Fantastic
  • Romance
  • Pluto TV Crime Movies
  • Thrillers
  • Horror
  • Terror
  • Black Cinema
  • Pluto TV Staff Picks
  • Documentaries
  • 00's Replay
  • 90's Throwback
  • 80's Rewind
  • 70's Cinema
  • Paramount Movie Channel
  • Westerns
  • Classic Movies
  • Cult Films
  • Flicks of Fury
  • The Asylum

    Entertainment 

    News + Opinion 
  • Pluto TV News
  • CBS News
  • Local CBS Station note 
  • CBS News New York
  • CBS News Los Angeles
  • CBS News Chicago
  • CNN
  • NBC News Now
  • Today All Day
  • 60 Minutes
  • WeatherNation
  • Sky News
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Cheddar News
  • Newsy
  • Newsmax
  • Blaze Live
  • America's Voice
  • OAN Plus
  • The First
  • TYTnote  Network
  • Yahoo! Finance

     Crime 

     Reality 

    Game Shows 

    Daytime TV 

    Comedy 

     Classic TV 

    Home 

    Food 

    Lifestyle + Culture 
  • The Bob Ross Channel
  • Smithsonian Channel Selects
  • History
  • Military
  • Science
  • Voyager Documentaries
  • Travel
  • Animals
  • The Pet Collective
  • Cats 24/7
  • Dogs 24/7
  • Faith TV
  • TBN
  • Naturscape
  • Slow TV
  • 5 Destination Britain

    Sports 
  • CBS Sports HQ
  • Fox Sports
  • NFL Channel
  • MLB Channel
  • MLS Channel
  • PGA Tour Channel
  • PBR Ride Pass
  • Pluto TV Sports
  • Fight
  • Bellator MMA
  • Profesional Fighter's League
  • Impact Wrestling
  • Glory Kickboxing
  • beIN Sports Xtra
  • MAV TV Selects
  • Waypoint TV
  • World Poker Tour
  • Poker Go

    Gaming + Anime 

    Music 
  • Live Music Replay
  • Vevo 70's
  • Vevo 80's
  • Vevo 90's
  • Vevo 2K
  • CMT Equal Play
  • Vevo Country
  • Yo! MTV
  • Vevo True School Hip-Hop
  • Vevo R&B
  • Vevo Retro Rock
  • Vevo Pop
  • MTV Spankin' New
  • MTV Biggest Pop
  • MTV Block Party
  • Classica
  • Vevo Latino
  • Vevo Reggaeton & Trap

     En Español 
  • Cine Premiere
  • Séptimo Arte
  • Pelis Y Popcorn
  • Cine Adrenalina
  • Cine Terror
  • Cine ¡¡Jaja!!
  • Cine XOXO
  • Telemundo Telenovelas Classicas
  • Norelas Con La Abuela
  • Amantes Del Romance
  • Carazon Turco
  • Badass Novelas
  • CSI en Español
  • CSI Miami en Español
  • CSI New York en Español
  • Crimenes Imperfectos
  • Mysteries Sin Resolver note 
  • Investiga
  • Emergencia 911 note 
  • Mi Obsesion Favorita
  • MTV Acapulco Shore
  • MTV en Español
  • Sony Canal Escape Perfecto
  • Spike ¡Extremo!
  • Top Gear en Español
  • The Walking Dead en Español
  • Viaje A Las Estrellas
  • Series Con Ñ
  • Entre Nosotras
  • Estrella TV
  • Casas de la Dra. Polo
  • Nosey Escándalos
  • Sony Canal Comedias
  • Comedy Central en Español
  • Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen en Español
  • Foodies
  • Mundo Paranormal
  • Mundo Viajero
  • Mundo Geek
  • Estrella News
  • Euro News
  • Noticias
  • beIN Sports Xtra Ñ
  • Combate World
  • Lucha Libre Worldwide
  • Naruto en Español
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! en Español

     Kids 

    Local 

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