Pluto TV, the free, linear-style OTT service, is expanding into live sports after landing a distribution deal with the Big Sky Conference.
Under the deal, Pluto TV will stream as many as 700 football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and selected soccer, softball and track and field events from teams in the conference.
Pluto TV has set up a dedicated channel (230) for the Big Sky Conference, supported on web browsers and apps for mobile devices, Roku players, Apple TV and Android TV devices, Amazon Fire TV boxes and sticks, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and smart TVs from Samsung, Vizio, Sony and Hisense.
They said the new distribution deal will give the Big Sky Conference access to Pluto TV’s 6 million monthly active users.
The agreement also enters play about three months after former NBCU exec Robert Magdlen came on board as Pluto TV’s chief programing officer.
“We’re extremely excited to announce our new partnership with Pluto TV,” said Big Sky Conference commissioner Andrea Williams, in a statement. “With the changing media landscape and the rise of cord-cutting, it’s important that the Big Sky adapt in order to allow our fans to stay connected to us. With our new partnership with Pluto TV, Big Sky fans can have access to video content at home or on their mobile device. As long as you have an internet connection, you’ll have Big Sky Conference content.”
“At Pluto TV we create unique, interest-based channels that connect with passionate communities,” added Tom Ryan, CEO and co-founder of Pluto TV. “By partnering with Big Sky Conference we’re able to draw in live college sports fans and provide them, for the first time, a free way to watch their favorite teams’ live games at home on their big screen TVs.”
Members of the Big Sky Conference include Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, Weber State, Idaho (Non football), Cal Poly (football), UC Davis (football), Binghamton (men’s golf) and Hartford (men’s golf).