Now that streaming service aggregator VRV has added Mubi and CuriosityStream to its roster, VRV Combo Pack subscribers can peruse hipster movies and premium science documentaries in addition to anime, horror films, comedic cartoons for adults and geek culture podcasts.
Even though more content is now available, VRV’s all-access subscription still costs $10 a month.
When VRV came out in June of last year, it was a video hub designed for “geeks, gamers and lovers of comedy, fantasy and technology.”
Before adding Mubi and CuriosityStream, VRV’s lineup included premium anime content from Crunchyroll and Funimation, adult ‘toons from Mondo, Rooster Teeth and Cartoon Hangover and horror flicks from Shudder. Speciality sites Nerdist, Geek & Sundry and Tested filled out the menu with a variety of geeky video podcasts. VRV dropped 3 channels from its original lineup (Ginx, RiffTrax and Machinima) in August.
A few weeks ago, Forbes reported that VRV had racked up 1.5 million subscribers. Now that Mubi and CuriosityStream have been added to the menu, VRV seems poised to become the go-to place for curated alternative content on the web.
In a recent interview with Broadcasting Cable, VRV’s general manager Arlen Marmel explained his company’s expansion aims.
“The desire is to grow logically and sort of push the boundaries of the perception of VRV today. We think VRV can be a home for this content that is outside the mainstream.”
Marmel went on to say that in addition to CuriosityStream, deals with two additional streaming services were in the works. Now that the Mubi partnership has been revealed, only one unnamed channel remains.
Marmel went on to say that in addition to 3 new channels, new VRV features are on the way as well. Soon, VRV subscribers will be able to download videos from VRV.
VRV seems serious about picking up new subscribers. However, the video aggregator will likely remain true its roots.
In January, Marmel explained to Forbes that “If you can’t wear a reference to it on a T-shirt at Comic-Con, it doesn’t belong on VRV.”
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