Endemol Shine Launches Entertainment Channels on VIZIO SmartCast®
24-Hour Streaming Channels Available Free to VIZIO SmartCast U.S. Customers - Including Deal or No Deal, Wipeout and More TV and Digital Favorites
Global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group today announced a strategic content partnership with VIZIO, Inc., the #1 American-based TV brand1 and America’s #1 Sound Bar company.2
Top entertainment channels from Endemol Shine’s extensive library will be available, free to millions of VIZIO SmartCast users across the U.S. As a result of the streaming video surge, VIZIO has seen growth in free, ad-supported TV channels and apps increase 108%3 in April 2020 versus March as people develop new viewing habits and discover new content options.
This roll-out offers free 24-hour streaming channels and more than 600 episodes of entertainment favorites for audiences searching for “comfort food TV.” Users can find these channels under the Free Channels section on the VIZIO SmartCast Home™ screen:
Deal or No Deal – featuring the US version of the hit game show hosted by Howie Mandel which is a high-energy contest of nerves, luck and raw intuition where contestants play for a top prize of $1 million. The Emmy award winning show has captivated global audiences and is a re-air favorite.
Wipeout – the iconic, action-packed family entertainment shows see contestants from all walks of life compete in the world’s largest and most extreme obstacle course. Produced in more than 30 territories, the channel includes show titles such as Total Wipeout UK, Wipeout Australia and The Almost Impossible Gameshow UK which features average contestants attempting almost impossible, and borderline ridiculous challenges.
DIY Daily – home of magnificent home restorations, garden transformations, interior design and top DIY tips with full episodes of DIY and garden shows such as Restoration Home, Restoration Man and Build a New Life in the Country.
Reel Truth Crime – houses a collection of true crime documentaries including Crime Investigation Australia, which explores some of the country’s most horrific crimes; Missing Persons Unit, a real-life Without A Trace where viewers join the search for loved ones together with the NSW Police and Australian Drug Lords, which blows the lid off Australia’s biggest-ever Class-A Drug Busts with actual surveillance footage, covert listening devices, secret phone taps and more.
“With one of the largest smart TV footprints in the US, and with a surge in streaming content overall, VIZIO SmartCast provides an ideal platform to reach millions of consumers with entertainment they crave, and demonstrates our continued commitment to contributing to the future of TV,” said Kasia Jablonska, Head of Digital Distribution and Monetization, Endemol Shine Group.
Endemol Shine Group showcases its catalogue of content beyond linear through licensing and self-publishing content, and curated channels across a variety of digital platforms. From platforms like YouTube, Facebook and TikTok, to Amazon and Tubi (to name a few), Endemol Shine Group maximizes opportunities across its deep content library containing 68,000 hours of programming.
“VIZIO is dedicated to delivering the latest in entertainment and providing audiences with endless entertainment options, all while staying healthy and safe in their homes,” said Katherine Pond, Vice President of Business Development for VIZIO. “Endemol Shine’s commitment to deliver a unique content offering to VIZIO will bolster our thriving free ad-supported TV content that people can enjoy out-of-the-box from VIZIO.”
Deal or No Deal US is produced by Truly Original, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America; Total Wipeout UK is produced by Initial, an Endemol Shine UK company; Wipeout Australia is an Endemol Southern Star production for Nine Network Australia; The Almost Impossible Gameshow is an Initial (an Endemol Shine UK company) production for ITV; Restoration Home is produced by Remarkable Television, an Endemol Shine UK company; Restoration Man is a Tiger Aspect production for Channel 4;Build a New Life in the Country is a Shine Production for Channel Five; Crime Investigation Australia is a Foxtel Original Production; Missing Persons Unit is a Freehand Group Production in association with the Film Finance Corporation Australia for the Nine Network Australia; Australian Drug Lords is a Southern Star Entertainment production for the Nine Network Australia).