Hulu's Live TV Adds 14 More Channels, Discovery Plus Debuts

Rachel Uranga

Rachel Uranga is dot.LA's Managing Editor, News. She is a former Mexico-based market correspondent at Reuters and has worked for several Southern California news outlets, including the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Los Angeles Daily News. She has covered everything from IPOs to immigration. Uranga is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and California State University Northridge. A Los Angeles native, she lives with her husband, son and their felines.

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ViacomCBS has struck a deal with Disney to distribute more of their content on Hulu Plus Live TV. Terms of the deal announced on Monday weren't disclosed but the agreement gives Hulu access to 14 channels including BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and Paramount Network.

CBS already had a deal with Hulu to provide its broadcast channel along with the CW, the Smithsonian Channel and PopTV.


Since merging in 2019, ViacomCBS has made a flurry of carriage deals and has been seeking to capitalize on the combination of the company's film and television assets to compete as the threat of further consolidation hangs over the industry.

The deal comes ahead of Viacom's plans to rebrand CBSAll Access to Paramount Plus this year, a streaming service that will compete with a slate of original shows and gets its name from the company's film studio, Paramount Pictures.

But the streaming landscape is becoming increasingly competitive as the pandemic has pushed theatrical releases into people's living rooms, imperiling the box office.

And even traditional cable fare is now streaming. On Monday Discovery Plus debuted its subscription service for multiple platforms, relying on a heavy dose of unscripted and reality television content from networks like HGTV, the Food Network and Animal Planet.

Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav told CNBC on Monday that he thinks he can capture viewers with the niche.

"We're a great companion to Disney and Netflix," he said. "If you have Disney or Netflix, you have two great products, but we're completely different and we go really well with them."

The two-tiered service costs $4.99 with ads or $6.99 without them.

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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

When avatar startup Genies raised $150 million in April, the company released an unusual message to the public: “Farewell.”

The Marina del Rey-based unicorn, which makes cartoon-like avatars for celebrities and aims to “build an avatar for every single person on Earth,” didn’t go under. Rather, Genies announced it would stay quiet for a while to focus on building avatar-creation products.

Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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Aavrani Co-founder Rooshy Roy On Creating Your Own Success ‘Timeline’

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

AAVRANI Co-Founder Rooshy Roy
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Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Rooshy Roy said, as the only Indian girl in school, she spent a lot of time feeling like an outsider and like she wasn’t meeting others’ expectations of “how an Indian girl should behave.”

Flash forward 20 years, and the differences Roy was once ashamed of are now the inspiration for her skincare company.

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