Nickelodeon to bring back classics like 'Clarissa Explains It All' and 'Doug' to streaming network with VRV
Called the NickSplat channel, it will serve as the host for a rotating selection of 300 episodes from over 30 classic Nickelodeon shows
Nickelodeon fans gather around for some jaw-dropping news! A slimy treat is in store for all of you in the form of a major blast from the past. And how so, you ask? Well, the channel has just announced that a major part of its old-time classic shows is now online as part of a streaming deal with VRV. So if you've been a hardcore stand of shows like 'Clarissa Explains It All', 'Rocko’s Modern Life', and 'All That', you can now relive those moments once again NickSplat. And the best part? The shows aren't going anywhere!
As per Hollywood Reporter, Nickelodeon has struck a deal with VRV, a subscription service known for offering access to digital networks like Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and Funimation. Their deal speaks of Nickelodeon being able to reprise a slate of its retro shows on the service. Having bundled their shows for online distribution for the first time ever, VRV also has some of their shows already available online on several other platforms.
At the same time, The NickSplat channel will serve as the host for a rotating selection of 300 episodes from over 30 classic Nickelodeon shows such as 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?', 'Doug', and of course - the greatest game show from our childhood - 'Legends of the Hidden Temple'.
As Gizmodo notes, "This is part of a massive push by studios to invest in online streaming to compete with Netflix and other online services. For example, Disney is currently in the middle of building its own streaming platform, which will host a few original shows, as well as provide exclusive access to many of their upcoming movies. This will also mean pulling existing Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars movies from Netflix, in order to move them over to the new service."
Sam Cooper, Viacom executive vp distribution, and business development partnerships shared, "VRV, with a sophisticated user base that loves the best in animation, is the perfect platform to launch our NickSplat channel. Viacom's content — including our deep library of genre-defining television — is highly in demand, and our audiences are always looking for new and innovative ways to enjoy our programming. We're committed to finding the best partners to bring our individual brands direct to the consumer, and this relationship with VRV is an exciting step forward in our strategy."
Eric Berman, head of content partnerships at VRV and Ellation, added, "Our partnership with Viacom is a first of its kind. We're very proud to be the premier launch partner to bring a NickSplat channel into SVOD and share these nostalgic series so our passionate audience can fall in love with them all over again."
While there's still almost a year to Disney's own streaming service launching (which happens in 2019), NickSplat is available right now and cots $6 per month all by itself. If bundled VRV's other networks, it can be availed at a combined price of $10 per month.