VRV (streaming service)

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VRV
VRV logo black.png
Type of businessSubsidiary
Type of site
Video streaming service
FoundedNovember 14, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-11-14)
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California
Area servedUnited States
Key peopleArlen Marmel (VRV GM), Tom Pickett (Ellation CEO)
IndustryAnime industry, anime, Manga, drama, video on demand
ParentOtter Media
Websitevrv.co
RegistrationOptional
Current statusActive

VRV (pronounced “verve”) is a digital video aggregation platform launched in November 2016 that is owned by Otter Media, a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia. The service bundles together several "geek"-related channels[1] which target fandoms centered around anime, gaming and speculative fiction among others.

Some of VRV's content can be streamed for free, while other content requires a subscription. The subscriptions to its channels can be purchased individually, or in a premium bundle. VRV is currently available only in the United States, despite some of its partnered content being available for viewing worldwide.

History[edit]

Ellation, owners of Crunchyroll, formally announced the launch of VRV on June 14, 2016. Its initial partners included Rooster Teeth, Seeso, Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, and Frederator's Cartoon Hangover.[2]

On September 29, 2016, Funimation, Adam Savage's Tested, RiffTrax, CollegeHumor, Machinima.com, Ginx TV, Shudder, and Mondo Media were announced as new partners.[3] VRV would officially launch on November 14, 2016.[4]

On August 9, 2017, the VRV Select channel was launched, featuring content from other sources. It was also announced that Machinima, Ginx, and Rifftrax were being dropped from the service.[5] On the same day as VRV Select's announcement, Seeso announced via its Facebook page that it would be shutting down by the end of 2017.[6] Though RiffTrax, Machinima and Seeso's channels were dropped, some of their content, incluing Seeso's The Cyanide & Happiness Show, HarmonQuest, Hidden America with Jonah Ray, and My Brother, My Brother and Me would migrate to VRV Select.

On November 21, 2017, CuriosityStream and Mubi joined VRV.[7]

On December 12, 2017, DramaFever joined VRV.[8]

On May 3, 2018, it was announced that Tested was being dropped, with its content moving to VRV Select.[9]

On August 28, 2018, VRV launched NickSplat, named after the TeenNick programming block, featuring classic Nickelodeon series from the 1990s and early 2000s.[10]

On October 12, 2018, Shout! Factory's content, such as Mystery Science Theater 3000 and ReBoot, were made available to watch on VRV Select.[11]

On October 18, 2018, Funimation announced that they will be leaving VRV, as their partnership with Crunchyroll has ended, and all of their titles will disappear on November 9, 2018. On that same day, VRV announced that HIDIVE will be joining the service to replace Funimation.[12]

On November 1, 2018, HIDIVE was launched on VRV and it was announced that Boomerang would be joining the service on November 13, 2018.[13]

On November 7, 2018, Season 1 of TBS' Final Space was made available to watch on VRV Select[14]

On November 8, 2018, Otter Media announced Mike Tyson Mysteries and Jabberjaw as upcoming programs for VRV that will be added sometime later in 2018.[15][16]

Channels[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

  • RiffTrax -- MST3K-style movie commentaries (some content is still available via VRV Select)
  • Ginx TV -- Esports-related content
  • Machinima -- gaming-related content (some content is still available via VRV Select)
  • Seeso -- original and licensed comedy programing (shut down on November 8th 2017, some original programing were migrated to VRV Select)
  • Tested (left May 3rd 2018, some content is still available via VRV Select)
  • Mubi -- Curates classic and arthouse films (Left October 2018)
  • DramaFever -- Korean dramas (shut down on October 16th 2018, subsequently left VRV days after)
  • Funimation -- Japanese anime dubbed into English (Left November 9th 2018)

Availability[edit]

VRV can be accessed through its website, as well as apps for iOS (on iPhone and iPad), Android, tvOS on Apple TV (on 4th generation and 4K), Chromecast, Fire TV, newer Roku streaming devices, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orsini, Lauren. "Streaming App VRV Wants To Be Netflix For Geeks".
  2. ^ "Ellation's 'VRV' Platform Sets Sights on SVOD Surge". Multichannel News. June 14, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ellation Announces Eight New Channel Partners for VRV, a Video Platform Built for Fans". Marketwired. September 29, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "New streaming app VRV aims to unite the best of the geek internet under one roof". Vox. November 17, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  5. ^ "VRV Tunes In New Curated OTT Channel". Multichannel News. August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/seesotv/posts/1972813589628344
  7. ^ "VRV to Add MUBI and CuriosityStream, Along with Offline Viewing". November 21, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  8. ^ "VRV Adds DramaFever to SVOD Lineup". Multichannel News. December 12, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  9. ^ "Tested Changes on VRV". VRV. May 4, 2018. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "Nickelodeon and VRV Launch NickSplat SVOD Channel". Animation World Network. August 28, 2018. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  11. ^ "A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR FRIENDS AT @ShoutFactory FOR ALL THIS AND MORE!". Twitter. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Funimation, Crunchyroll End Content Sharing Partnership". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "VRV Adds Classic Cartoons Thanks to a Partnership With Boomerang". Cord Cutters News. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "'Final Space' Season 1 Now Available to Stream Exclusively on VRV". collider. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "VRV Adds 'Final Space,' 'Mike Tyson Mysteries,' 'Jabberjaw' from WarnerMedia". Animation Magazine. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Conan O'Brien's 'Final Space' Finds Exclusive SVOD Home on VRV". Animation World Network. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "What platforms can I watch VRV on?". VRV.

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