New TV Content Partners Launch on BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry World TV
By Adam Zeis on 26 Mar 2013 08:28 am EDT
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BlackBerry has announced today that they have added even more partners to the lineup in BlackBerry World. PBS, Univision and Viacom have partnered up and will bring content from Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and more to BlackBerry World. Some great news that will certainly give us a load of great shows to watch on the Z10. The more the merrier!

Press Release

New TV Content Partners Launch on BlackBerry 10

PBS, Univision and Viacom bring TV favorites to BlackBerry 10

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2013) - BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB) today announced the addition of new television content for BlackBerry® 10 customers in the U.S. TV shows from PBS, Univision and Viacom are now a part of the robust video catalogue available for sale on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront, bringing such favorites as COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, Nickelodeon, PBS's Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey series and Spanish telenovelas.

"The momentum for BlackBerry 10 continues in the content space as more partners are looking to BlackBerry to reach new audiences and drive mobile content discovery and monetization," said Martyn Mallick, Vice President, Global Alliances and Business Development at BlackBerry. "BlackBerry World has a wide-ranging and continuously growing catalogue that offers most movies on the day they become available on DVD and next day availability of many current TV series. We're excited that PBS, Univision and Viacom have joined us to give customers in the U.S. access to enjoy a world of content, from the major film studios, broadcasters and TV studios and networks, in a single location."

The BlackBerry World storefront app is preloaded on all BlackBerry 10 smartphones, offering customers one of the most robust music, TV and video catalogs in mobile today. The storefront continues to grow and diversify its movie and TV content with the best, most up-to-date series and films.

"Univision is pleased to make UVideos, the first bilingual digital video network, available on the much anticipated BlackBerry Z10. Moreover, for the first time, we will also make some of Univision's best TV series and telenovelas available in the video store on BlackBerry World on a transactional basis," said Kevin Conroy, President, Digital and Enterprise Development, Univision Communications Inc. "More than three quarters of the U.S. Hispanic population own a smartphone and they outpace their non-Hispanic counterparts in mobile video consumption by double digits. Mobile is where Hispanic America lives and this product launch extends Univision's commitment to deliver the best in Hispanic programming across all platforms and devices."

"Our audiences are increasingly turning to their smartphones to drop in on South Park, Jersey Shore, or SpongeBob SquarePants in Bikini Bottom anytime, anywhere they'd like," said Tom Gorke, Senior Vice President of Content Distribution for Viacom Media Networks. "BlackBerry 10 is a great and growing platform for audiences to catch up with their favorite shows on the go, and for Viacom to extend the expansive reach of its beloved brands."

Now available in more than 25 countries, the BlackBerry Z10 is the first smartphone powered by BlackBerry 10, the re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented BlackBerry platform that creates a new and unique mobile computing experience. The BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is now available for purchase or preorder in the U.S. from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations.

 

41 comments

QuIcKsIlV3r

Very cool, would love to see more of this come about :)

koool1

Awesome. Keep it coming BlackBerry.

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hamsterwheel

Ok I can't resist.....First!!!

Seriously, great news!

QuIcKsIlV3r

lmao you missed being first... by over a minute lol

morganplus8

Very nice indeed, the BlackBerry head office is burning the midnight oil trying to build up the eco-system!!!

DanielLui1

I'm really hoping to see Canadian TV content from Canadian TV channels like the CBC, CTV, etc will be available in the future. BlackBerry, please get your act together and start negotiating with Canadian TV content providers to get their shows in BlackBerry World.

atribecalledx

BlackBerry has their act together. Its mostly on the shoulders of the Content providers, as they try and find a profit stream. You really think BlackBerry just completely left out its home market for the fun or it, or that no person in Waterloo said "Hey lets NOT get CTV or CBC on this"....

come on man...

k8bushlover

CBC, CTV, Global, all have their own websites with much current content available, though. Just checked the CTV player, it works fine in Z10 browser. I don't need to buy most of it.

There are regional licensing issues here too, obviously. I can't get Hulu via browser in Canada without 'stealing' by spoofing IP address, so content that might be freely available elsewhere isn't always so in Canada, or maybe not at all in other parts of the world (looking at you, Switzerland.) It isn't always on BlackBerry's shoulders what can be offered.

nick canada

More great news.

I will be canceling my Netflix account and support someone who wants to support my devices.

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BruvvaPete2

Try side loading Netflix. Even though it didn't work for me (won't recognize username/password combination), I believe it worked for others.

Xopher

It's great that they are adding more and more to their media offerings. Hopefully it will be priced in-line with other media portals.

Come to think of it, it would be nice to see BlackBerry try to put together a service similar to Hulu+ or Netflix and offer something directly to BlackBerry users.

Louis Belshaw

Omg cartoon network content on BlackBerry amazing!!!

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ip.amps

YES! Wait... US and Canada only? f***************************!!!

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cali122

I think it's only available un us and canada... I'm a swiss user and here in switzerland, nothing about music, movies or tv in the BlackBerry world... that's socks!!!

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geoffsdad

My wife will love that Univision one, especially if she can watch aqui y ahora.

chunt69

Good to see content- it would be nice to see some more UK content covered as well

Sirhill

This is great news, I am sure this is a great way for BlackBerry to get hulu and Netflix on board . Great play on their part

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Icarus3000

The content available seems pretty good from what I have seen. IMHO the problem is the cost. $2.49 for a 22 min tv episode is 100% more than what I would pay. Make it $0.99 and I might actually use the video services.

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Rootbrian

Tell that to univision, viacom and others since blackberry didn't set the prices.

mpchao

A great way to use the HDMI port to watch the shows

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cali122

Again, nothing available in Switzerland! Do BlackBerry care about swiss users??!! I don't think so...

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Rootbrian

Content providers in Switzerland likely don't care. Don't blame blackberry.

cali122

Again, nothing available in Switzerland! Do BlackBerry care about swiss users??!! I don't think so...

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jaymck

No one does you are neutral!

BruvvaPete2

Give it a rest and stop spamming.

trynacu2

Very nice. I wish this was available on a subscription basis.

UMLD

I usually fully support BlackBerry, but not these "Partnerships" with various movie and television entities if the current pricing structures are going to continue. The prices for most of the content are way way too high.

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Rootbrian

The content providers set the prices.

416to604

Sweet comedy central!

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k8bushlover

"way, way too high" -- what, $5 for a movie rental? So, comparable to most other services, then.

Peevish

Any word on HBO?

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UMLD

$5.00 for recently released movies is fine.

$2.49 for an episode of a TV show that aired 5 years ago, for example, is ridiculous. Or $3.99 to rent a movie released in1977...

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Rootbrian

Blame the content providers.

scrapmetal58

The press release says it's for the USA, not Canada. Hopefully, BlackBerry will be able to get deals with more content providers elsewhere.

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im3arl

This is awesome! Question : is closed caption or subtitle available? I hope so!

07thking

Good news keep rolling in against all odds. Keep moving!

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Rootbrian

Those that are blaming blackberry for the lack of content in other countries, you should be thinking about the content providers. They're the ones to set the prices too. They have licenses and they decide what happens and where it's viewable.