Vice Media signs mobile content deals with multiple operators

Vice Media CEO Shane Smith. Image: Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media/Flickr

Vice Media today announced a number of new mobile content deals which drive the media group further into the Asia-Pacific region.

Vice+, the company’s SVOD service, will launch on Docomo Digital in Japan and could expand to other regions that Docomo serves.

Vice also announced new original programming deals in Indonesia with XL Axiata and iflix, with the iflix agreement expanding into other iflix markets to be determined, as well as a partnership with Vodafone in Australia. The company also signed new licensing deals with AbemaTV and Verizon to increase Vice content distribution in Japan and the U.S.

“In the United States, the Verizon Go90 agreement, which enters its second phase, will allow millions of Go90 users to access VICE’s programming, which includes ‘Daily VICE,’ a 10-15 minute show about the latest in culture and entertainment,” the company said in a news release.

In two more deals designed to widen distribution of Viceland linear TV content to mobile platforms, Vice is partnering with FIDO in Canada and reached a new agreement with Partner Communications in Israel.

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“When we first started to roll out our global terrestrial TV program, people thought I was nuts, ‘going backwards,’ and a victim of my own hubris. Today we announce our first batch of international mobile deals that we will now marry with our TV platforms and digital platforms to offer a comprehensive three screen/one screen/OTT platform-agnostic media company that offers our content at all times—everywhere,” said Vice Co-Founder and CEO Shane Smith in a statement.

Vice’s international expansion comes roughly one year after the company became one of the first digital media group’s to launch a linear TV channel. The joint venture with A+E Networks replaced that company’s H2 channel.