Pluto TV: the first free streaming TV service debuts in Italy

Pluto TV: the first free streaming TV service debuts in Italy

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The revolution in the world of streaming has arrived: from today, Thursday 28 October, Pluto TV will also make its debut in Italy. A new TV platform, a new linear experience in the era of on demand and free in the era of paid streaming.

Pluto TV: the first free streaming TV service debuts in Italy

As announced by ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), a division of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAC, VIACA), the streaming television service that expresses a new concept of linear use adapted to the digital universe, with more than 52 million global monthly active users in 25 countries across 3 continents with 400 international channels, is ready to amaze with a library rich in content quality for the whole family.

Pluto TV: how to access the streaming service

Accessing Pluto TV will be a piece of cake: the service, in fact, is characterized by ease of access, and to be totally free with no registration required. At the launch in Italy Pluto TV will offer 40 exclusive linear channels covering different genres and suitable for all targets and which will be constantly implemented in the following months, as well as thousands of hours of content on demand.

Pluto TV will be accessible via browser at, through the App for Android and iOS, and on all major Smart TVs, such as Samsung Tizen, LG Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast, while a selection of Pluto channels TV will also be present on Samsung TV Plus.

Pluto TV, the first FAST (Free Ad-Supported Television) digital service, will be complementary to Paramount +, ViacomCBS's premium platform which will arrive in Italy in 2022.

Pluto TV: details of the offer and linear channels

Linear channels and VoD content for all tastes and passions, 100% free: this is the world of Pluto TV. In fact, the linear and VoD proposal creates the right mix of offers capable of satisfying every mode of consumption, with a schedule full of shows, cartoons, films, TV series, documentaries and much more.

In Italy the platform will offer to begin with, 40 linear thematic channels made exclusively for Pluto TV that will cover different genres, including cinema, TV series, reality TV, children's content, lifestyle, crime and comedy. In addition to a wide choice guaranteed by the extensive ViacomCBS library, the platform will offer diversified content from third-party publishers and partners, including Paramount, Lionsgate, Minerva, KidsMe, Banijay Rights, Cineflix Rights. Other partners will be announced later, as well as the editorial offer that will be constantly enriched.

Among the channels present at the launch, Pluto TV Romantic Films stand out, dedicated to lovers of stories that make the heart beat faster; Pluto TV Film Action, which offers contents capable of giving the viewer pure adrenaline; Pluto TV Crime, for true fans of the genre; Pluto TV Cinema Italiano which offers both classic and contemporary films from our vast cinematographic culture.

And again: the Jokes and Laughter channel which brings together the best comic moments on TV; Young and Fabulous, which follows the incredible life of rich and fabulous young people. Also on the schedule is a series of thematic channels dedicated to TV shows and series such as The McLeod sisters and the famous docu-reality 16 years old and pregnant. The platform also features proposals for a younger audience, including Teen Series, Super! Heroes and Super! Spongebob.

The list also includes a selection of so-called pop-up and seasonal channels, temporary channels dedicated to special programs, moments or reviews. Among them, Super is coming! Xmas: a virtual space entirely inspired by the most anticipated party of the year.

Pluto TV launches soap channel that airs The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and more

Pluto TV has just unveiled a brand-new channel called Pluto TV Soaps, and soap opera fans haven't been this excited since the launch of SOAPnet back in 2000!

The free channel is completely dedicated to soaps, and it's already airing reruns of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. But that's not all: a spokesperson for the ViacomCBS owned and operated streaming service reveals that more soap operas will be 'launching soon.'

Y&R star Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson; ex-Annie Novak, All My Children) took to Twitter to express her excitement about Pluto's new soap channel, which she enthuses is a great place to 'watch all the dramaaaa.'

Unfortunately, Pluto TV Soaps isn't airing classic episodes of the soaps (yet), but rather episodes that first aired in September 2018 and later.

The Y&R episodes kick off with the CBS soap's 47th and 48th seasons. As fans may recall, this encompasses the latter portion of executive producer Mal Young's tenure with the show and the early portion of Anthony Morina and Josh Griffith's run as co-EPs. Stars include Gina Tognoni as Phyllis Summers, Marla Adams as Dina Abbott, and Daniel Goddard as Cane Ashby.

Pluto TV Soaps' B&B episodes kick off with the CBS series' 32nd season, with current Y&R star Courtney Hope in the role of Sally Spectra and current General Hospital star Ingo Rademacher (Jasper Jacks) in the role of Thorne Forrester.

Viewers will also be able to watch newer episodes of both B&B and Y&R as part of Pluto's OnDemand service.

To get your melodramatic fix -- anytime, anywhere, and for free! -- visit the Pluto TV Soaps website or download the Pluto TV app on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Playstation, Tivo, Xfinity, Roku, and other Smart TV-enabled devices, including Samsung and Vizio.

And, as always, soap fans will continue to have access to nearly three decades of daily recaps right here on Soap Central. Those archived daily recaps include the four current soaps -- B&B, Y&R, Days of our Lives, and General Hospital -- as well as classic soaps like All My Children, As the World Turns, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.

What do you think about Pluto TV launching a channel dedicated to soap operas? Which shows and episodes would you love to see Pluto TV Soaps add to its lineup? We want to hear from you -- and there are many ways you can share your thoughts.

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