Channel 5 is increasing the range of content they offer on My5. The broadcaster has struck content partnership deals with PBS America, Together, Little Dot Studios and BET for the VOD service. Additionally, they have extended their existing agreement with A+E Networks UK.
These pacts underline C5’s ambition that My5 evolve from a catch-up player to a bonafide platform housing a wide variety of content. The sorts of programmes being made available on My5 under these new deals span numerous genres including history, scripted drama, reality, documentaries and comedy.
“Viewers have come to expect a lot more from streaming services and this new slate of partners accelerates the development of My5 as we take it from player to platform”, said James Tatam, Channel 5’s Vice-President of Commercial, Digital & Operations. “With a diverse range of high-quality content from our partners, and from across the Channel 5 portfolio, we know there’s something for everyone. We look forward to announcing further content partners in future.”
PBS America will make a slate of documentaries available, including: Secrets of the Manor House, Secrets of Stonehenge, Becoming the Beatles and The History Detectives. “PBS America has crafted an increasingly popular niche on free to air television by specialising in high quality history and current affairs programming”, said PBS America’s General Manager Richard Kingsbury. “Our launch on My5 gives us a great shop window for our offering in the free streaming world. The Viacom team have been great to work with and I would heartily recommend them to other rights owners.”
Together will make Mary’s Silver Service, David Attenborough’s Richmond Park and Great British Garden Revival available; while Little Dot Studios is offering content from two of their web channels, Real Stories and Spark; while BET will offer scripted drama Being Mary Jane and reality series Chasing Destiny. The extension of the deal with A+E Networks UK, first inked in September 2017, will ensure content from their FTA channel Blaze – such as Swamp People, Pawn Stars, Forged in Fire and Billy The Exterminator – will continue to be available for My5 users. Additionally, A+E has agreed to increase its range of offering on My5 beyond the aforementioned shows.