Viacom Goes Direct to Consumer with MTV Play App


Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has unveiled MTV’s first direct-to-consumer SVOD mobile streaming app, MTV Play.

The app is initially available only in the U.K. It marks a global first in providing a full MTV long-form content experience in a standalone subscription app.

MTV Play is targeted at younger, mobile-first audiences and will include a broad range of catch-up and box-set content and a live feed of the MTV UK linear TV channel for £3.99 a month.

Although MTV Play is initially being made available through a direct subscription from the App Store or Google Play, it is intended that the app will also be distributed in partnership with telco providers in the future.

The service will feature hundreds of hours of content, including the latest episodes of series such as Geordie Shore, Teen Mom UK, Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club and The Charlotte Show, as well as back catalog favorites including The Hills, The Valleys and Jersey Shore. It will also feature short-form digital original series, including Show Us Ur Phone, What the Yuck and MTV Meets.

Arran Tindall, senior VP of commercial and content distribution at VIMN, commented, “Our major distribution partners such as Sky, Virgin Media and BT do an excellent job of bringing MTV to younger audiences across the U.K., but we know there is a segment of younger potential MTV fans who sit beyond the basic pay TV bundles. MTV Play puts the full MTV content experience directly into the hands of young people for the first time in a way that is accessible and affordable.”

Dan Fahy, VP of commercial and content distribution at VIMN UKNEE, added, “MTV’s reality and music content continues to resonate incredibly strongly with young audiences in the U.K. and we believe there’s a further appetite for an app like this. We’re speaking with telco providers and other platforms about how they can make MTV Play available to their subscribers, which will form an important part of our distribution strategy alongside D2C.”