Some of AMC's most-watched programming, including The Walking Dead will be available starting May 1 on Pluto TV. The free live TV streaming service has cut a deal with AMC Networks that will see the launch of four new channels encompassing a wide range of programming. Stories By AMC, Slightly Off By IFC, All Reality WE tv and The Walking Dead en Espanol are all set to launch with curated programming from the network libraries.
The biggest get in the bunch is the first five seasons of The Walking Dead, as well as the first three seasons of the spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead, which will both stream on Stories by AMC. While the show is available to stream on Netflix, this makes for a free way to stream one of the biggest shows on cable. Joshua Reader, president of distribution and development for AMC Networks, had this to say in a statement.
"We are excited to partner with Pluto TV to bring AMC Networks' acclaimed originals to our fans in new ways, as viewers continue to seek greater flexibility and choice. Free ad-supported streaming is an emerging category that gives us the ability to complement the content offerings of our linear networks and other new platforms in ways that serve viewers and advertising partners - all part of our strategy to make our content available to as many people as possible in a rapidly evolving media environment. As always, compelling, distinctive and premium content is at the heart of our appeal and that of these new AMCN-Pluto channels."
Stories by AMC will also play host to Halt & Catch Fire, Hap and Leonard, and Into the Badlands. Select seasons of Ride with Norman Reedus, Making of the Mob and Low Winter Sun will be available as well. Turn: Washington's Spies, Preacher and Comic Book Men were listed as future titles that will make their way into the rotation. The Walking Dead en Espanol will stream The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead 24/7 in Spanish.
Slightly Off By IFC will include Documentary Now!, Portlandia, Sherman's Showcase, Brockmire and Comedy Bang! Bang!Baroness Von Sketch Show, Stan Against Evil and more will join in the coming months. All Reality WE tv will host episodes of Kendra On Top, L.A. Hair, Mary Mary, John Edward Cross Country, My Fair Wedding, Hustle & Soul and Tamar & Vince, with Bridezillas, Million Dollar Matchmaker, Cutting It In The ATL and Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual being added in the coming months. Amy Kuessner, Senior Vice President of Content Strategy and Global Partnerships, had this to say.
"As we continue to see incredible growth and adoption of Pluto TV worldwide, we are thrilled to join forces with an esteemed and award-winning partner like AMC Networks. Pluto TV is the exclusive launch partner of these new channels from AMC Networks, that offer the perfect escape for viewers in search of the very best television programming that's easy to access and free to stream."
Pluto has more than 20 million active monthly users. Unlike other streaming services, it specializes in live TV, with curated content playing on a variety of channels. Viacom purchased the company last year in a massive $340 million deal. This news comes to us directly from AMC.