CraftsyTV Lands On Xumo Play

TN Marketing, a Minnesota-based international online media company, announced the launch of its channel, CraftsyTV, on the free ad-supported TV (FAST) platform Xumo Play. The channel will feature a wide range of instructional tutorials, step-by-step demonstrations, and how-to videos on various creative categories such as knitting, baking, sewing, painting, paper crafts, embroidery, woodworking, crocheting, and […]

Blue Ant Media And World Of Wonder Expand Partnership With Launch Of New FAST Channel, Drag Race Universe

International producer, distributor and channel operator, Blue Ant Media and global, multi-platform media company World of Wonder rolled out the U.S. launch of Drag Race Universe, a new FAST (free, ad-supported streaming) channel, available now on VizioO WatchFree+, VizioIZIO’s free streaming service. The channel offers U.S. audiences global versions of World of Wonder’s Emmy-winning Drag Race series. […]

Streaming In The FAST Lane: How AVODs Are Giving TV Back To The Advertisers

Disney+’s and Netflix’s ad-supported tiers are opening up new inventory and audiences to marketers in 2023.

Vizio Is First Smart TV To Offer Interactive Ads, On Its WatchFree+ FAST

Vizio is integrating interactive advertising capabilities in its WatchFree+ free, ad-supported streaming (FAST) service, via a partnership with Brightline. Vizio is using Brightline’s Accelerator program, which is already used to enable dynamic and shoppable ads on Hulu, Peacock, Discovery+ and other platforms. The new deal marks the first smart TV integration for Accelerator and makes Vizio the first smart-TV manufacturer to enable advertisers to make their ads interactive and shoppable, according to the companies.

Netflix’s Ad-Supported Tier Was Its Least Popular Plan, Analytics Firm Estimates

The streaming giant’s ad-backed plan accounted for only 9% of new signups in the U.S. in November, according to subscription-analytics firm Antenna.

Obsession Media To Roll Out Live Motorsports Channel Speed Sport 1

Television Network development group Obsession Media announced a partnership with legacy racing editorial brand, Speed Sport Magazine, to launch Speed Sport 1, a new live motorsports FAST channel expected to debut in the spring of 2023. The company says the launch of Speed Sport 1 “marks the return of a dedicated live channel for motorsports […]

Talking TV: The FAST Track To Streaming’s Future

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Marco Di Giacomo, CMO of Amagi, about why he believes all broadcasters need to be on FAST channels post haste, the growing revenue opportunities there and where artificial intelligence will play a role in improving their UX and popularity.

Warner Bros. Discovery Moving HBO Shows To FAST Services

Warner Bros.Discovery said that some of the shows that it has been moving off of HBO and HBO Max in order to save money will be licensed to third-party free, ad-supported streaming TV services. The company has ditched the “everything streaming” strategy that WarnerMedia executives have been following before WarnerMedia was acquired by Discovery. Instead, the company will make decisions about how to monetize shows on a case-by-case basis.

NHL Launches First FAST Channel On The Roku Channel

CBC Launches Free Streaming Channel CBC News Explore

CBC today launched CBC News Explore, a free 24/7 ad-supported streaming (FAST) channel offering audiences a new way to discover CBC News. The new channel features video journalism that takes a step away from breaking news to explain and explore beyond the headlines, alongside a curated selection of local, national and current affairs features. Original […]

Hearst Media Production Group Launches New FAST Channel, Rovr Pets

Pet lovers have a new destination for entertaining and award-winning programming to engage them with one of their true joys. Rovr Pets launches today on Samsung TV Plus in the U.S. Rovr Pets marks the third FAST channel from Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG), an independent producer and distributor of original programming.  Rovr Pets features hundreds of hours […]

Tubi’s FAST Channel Now Offers Over 200 Sports, Entertainment, News Offerings

Amazon’s Fire TV Adds MLB, NBC, Fox Sports Highlights Among New FAST Content

Amazon’s Fire TV has added thousands of hours of free ad-supported video and live content to its platform in the U.S., including sports highlights from MLB, NBC Sports and Fox sports. New free content is accessible from dedicated rows on the Fire TV Home and Free screens and spans three categories of sports news and highlights, trending trailers, and food and cooking. Amazon is touting live, on-demand, and short-form content. Users can access without any sign-ups, downloads or fees to get the instant video playback.

Red Bee Media, Nowtilus, Equativ Launch High View FAST Channels On LG Smart TV

Red Bee Media, Nowtilus and Equativ (formerly Smart) announce the launch of their jointly created Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST) offering. The product combines technology and expertise from the three companies to create what the companies call “an efficient B2B solution for implementing and managing FAST channels.” High View, a Germany-and-Austria-based independent media company, is […]


At IBC, Returning To A New Normal

In Amsterdam this week, there was plenty of talk about broadcasters’ ongoing transition to IP and the cloud, along with the supply chain issues and labor shortages hampering it, but most people were too grateful to see old friends, colleagues and clients to complain.

IBC: DVEO Bringing New FAST TV Service

DVEO, a global provider of hardware, middleware and cloud solutions for broadcasting and streaming, will present a new FAST Channel solution at IBC 2022 (RAI Amsterdam, Sept. 9-12, Hall 5, booth 5.F41). The new offering is meant to be an all-in-one solution that makes it easier for content companies to launch free ad-supported streaming TV […]

Despite Content Overlap, FAST Services Are Poised To Take Streaming Share

Barclays’ Kannan Venkateshwar says as free ad-supported TV proliferates, even old content will compete with newer SVOD titles.

Cinedigm Launching ‘Cinaverse’ FAST Channels And VOD Services

Built on Cinedigm’s Matchpoint technology, Cineverse will come with an integrated program guide, allowing users to easily browse between channels, beginning Sept. 15. (Image: Cinedigm)

More Scripps Channels Go FAST In Deal With Vizio

E.W. Scripps and Vizio said they made a deal that adds four Scripps channels to Vizio’s Watch Free Plus streaming platform. The agreement is the latest in the last few weeks that give the over-the-air Scripps networks–led by Ion and Bounce–carriage as free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channels.

DistroTV Adds Vizio To Its FAST Distribution Lineup

Allen Media’s ‘Local Now’ And ‘The Grio’ Platforms Add ‘Love Stories TV’ FAST Channel

Allen Media Group’s free streaming digital platforms Local Now and theGrio Streaming App are offering the Love Stories TV FAST channel, which offers inspirational, real love stories as entertainment. The Love Stories TV FAST channel is now available in the U.S. for the first time on Local Now and theGrio Streaming App. This follows the success of Love Stories TV with existing partners Rakuten TV in Europe and Samsung TV Plus in Australia. […]

Why Free Streaming Channels Like Pluto TV And Tubi Have Viewers Watching Commercials Again

Free, ad-supported streaming TV services are growing fast and expected to command significantly more advertising dollars this year.

Firstlight Media Flexes Innovation Muscle with Google Cloud Tools

Firstlight Media today announced that it is collaboratively working across a suite of Google Cloud products to innovate new, cloud-native monetization, personalization and content delivery capabilities – most notably Free Ad-Supported Television (FAST) – for the next generation of OTT platforms. As part of its expanding relationship with Google Cloud, Firstlight Media’s research and development […]

TV news finds new, creative frontier in streaming media

Journalists who have made the switch from traditional TV news to streaming media have found room to experiment and rewrite the rules in a medium that offers live linear and on-demand opportunities. Comparing notes during a TVNewsCheck webinar were (clockwise from upper left) Amagi’s Brian Ring, Atmosphere’s Micah Grimes, Cox Media Group’s Matthew Dominguez, AccuWeather Network’s Sarah Katt and LiveNOW from Fox’s Shareef Abul-Ela. 


TVN webinar to spotlight bold innovations unleashed by the rise of live linear news streaming

The proliferation of news on live linear streaming has set off an explosion of innovation in television news. TVNewsCheck will turn a spotlight on this trend during a webinar set for March 24 at 1 p.m. ET. Sharing their experience and insights during the event will be: (clockwise from upper left): Micah Grimes, VP news and sports, Atmosphere TV; Shareef Al-Ela, VP and head of LiveNow from Fox; Sarah Katt, general manager of AccuWeather Network and OTT streaming services; Brian Ring, senior director, product marketing for news, Amagi and the webinar’s moderator; and Matt Dominguez, senior manager, streaming distribution and partnerships at Cox Media Group. To join us at the webinar, please register here. 

‘Taxi,’ ‘Charmed,’ ‘The Brady Bunch’ Among New Additions To Pluto TV This Fall

‘Taxi,’ ‘Charmed,’ ‘The Brady Bunch’ Among New Additions To Pluto TV This Fall Pluto TV, the free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) service, with more than 52 million global monthly active users, today announced an all-new slate of classic and iconic CBS series coming to the service this fall — for free. The new lineup consists of 16 series […]

Roku, Tubi Keep Bulking Up On Original Content

The Roku Channel and Tubi, two of the biggest free, ad-supported television services (FAST) in the U.S., keep adding original content to stand out in the crowd. The Roku Channel is snatching up the recently canceled NBC comedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist for a new holiday special, which will be first original feature-length film. At the same time, Tubi, the ad-supported streaming service owned by Fox, announced that it will debut Corrective Measures, a new original film starring Bruce Willis and Michael Rooker, in spring 2022.