Spike TV Enters The TV Everywhere Era

Launches App For Apple iPhones, iPad and iPod Touch Devices
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Spike TV has launched its first authenticated TV Everywhere app, starting with a version that features on-demand fare that can be streamed to iOS-powered iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.  

The app is starting off with nearly 200 episodes of original fare, including episodes of Ink Master, Bar Rescue, Auction Hunters, Tattoo Nightmares, Catch A Contractor, Frankenfood, Thrift Hunters and Hungry Investors, a “best of” showcase of Bellator MMA and select episodes of COPS, and older series such as Deadliest Warriorand 1000 Ways To Die.

Most of that content is offered only to viewers who get pay-TV service from providers with TVE rights, but the app does offer a batch of content to all-comers, including the latest episode of Bar Rescue (the new season premieres on Spike TV on October 5), and the current season of Ink Master.

A spokesman for the channel said access to Spike TV’s live linear feed and support for Android-powered devices are among the items on its TVE roadmap.

Spike TV, a channel that’s part of the Viacom family, is available in about 98.7 million homes. According to the app, MVPDs with Spike TVE rights include AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, DirecTV, Cox Communications, Mediacom Communications, Cablevision Systems, RCN, Suddenlink Communications, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Verizon FiOS, Armstrong, and Atlantic Broadband, among others.

“The Spike app represents a huge step in our evolution into a network delivering broad-based original hit series to our viewers – anywhere…anytime,” said Kevin Kay, president, Spike TV, in a statement.