Amazon’s Freevee is taking on streaming giants like Netflix, Hulu, and the now-controversial Max, and is expanding its offerings with 23 new channels after the success of Jury Duty earlier this year.
According to the press release, Amazon’s Freevee is partnering with Warner Bros. Discovery and MGM to add 23 ad-supported TV channels, also known as FAST channels, to its platform. This is part of Amazon’s plan to expand Freevee’s portfolio of 280 FAST channels by 75% by the end of 2021. Warner Bros. Discovery will launch 11 FAST channels this month, while MGM will launch 12 FAST channels over the next few months.
According to Ryan Pirozzi, head of Amazon Freevee, FAST channels offer viewers a “lean-back” experience with a diverse range of TV shows, movies, news, sports, music, and unscripted programming. MGM’s channels will feature titles like The Pink Panther, Stargate, Green Acres, and The Outer Limits, as well as genre-specific channels such as MGM Presents: Action and MGM Presents: Sci-Fi. Warner Bros. Discovery’s channels will include shows like Cake Boss, Extreme Couponing, Ghost Brothers, Paranormal Lockdown, Say Yes to the Dress, and Long Lost Family.
Freevee, previously known as IMDb TV, is a free, ad-supported streaming service that’s been gaining in popularity. In April 2022, the service rebranded under its new name. Amazon has also announced that Freevee will be adding 100 Amazon original titles such as The Tick, Goliath, and The Summer I Turned Pretty to its platform.