Video solutions provider MobiTV said today that it has secured streaming rights with more than 210 programming networks for the app-based managed pay TV service it will deliver to smaller operators starting this summer.
According to a MobiTV announcement, the 19-year-old startup has inked deals with AMC Networks, Fox Networks, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, Viacom and NBCUniversal. Smaller programming deals include Crown Media Family Networks, C-SPAN, Fuse, Game Show Network, Pac-12 Networks, Reelz, Revolt, Outdoor Channel and The Weather Channel.
MobiTV also said that it has reached deals with 35 pay TV operators—all of them unnamed—to deploy its managed video service starting this summer. Notably, while MobiTV has the streaming rights, these operators will have to secure their own programming deals to carry individual networks.
In February of last year, MobiTV announced a $21 million investment round from Oak Investment Partners and Ally Bank. The money was to be used to pivot away from MobiTV’s pioneering work in mobile video solutions and into what would become MobiTV Connect, a managed solution that will deliver an app-based video service with modern user interface across devices, while supporting the operator’s content lineup, policies, branding requirements, billing and authentication.
“The content community has demonstrated tremendous support for the MOBITV managed service and the operators that will soon deploy it,” said Charlie Nooney, CEO and chairman of MobiTV, in a statement. “They recognize that the platform provides viewers a superior overall experience and allows operators the ability to maintain a competitive edge in the market in a cost-effective manner to their pay TV and broadband subscriber base. We are very pleased to provide this industry-first solution, strengthening our role as a leading TV as a Service [TVaaS] provider.”
Added Sheri Weidner, Viacom senior VP of partnerships, distribution and business development: “The MobiTV platform gives our affiliates access to a top-flight multiplatform service customized to their unique channel lineup and subscriber packaging. We’re excited to be offering them this flexible and innovative solution.”