Netflix “Narcos” To Stream On Pluto TV
The ever-so-popular Netflix hit drama Narcos will be streaming for free on ViacomCBS’s Pluto from October 20th. Pluto TV is a free television streaming service widely popular in the US that has managed to get the streaming rights of Netflix’s hit drama series.
Pluto TV will be in partnership with Gaumont, and all seasons of Narcos will be streamed free in the US, i.e. Narcos season 1 to 3 and two seasons of Narcos: Mexico. The first season is all set to be streamed on weeknights at 10 PM ET, while the catch-up episodes will be available the following day from 8 PM ET. The only goal in this context is to debut a new season of the series each month until February 2021.
While Narcos will still be available on Netflix, but it won’t be an exclusive Netflix content anymore. Netflix is known for licensing shows from other networks and companies including, Pluto TV owner ViacomCBS, and it’s rare when Netflix licenses show to competitors.
Pluto TV’s SVP Content strategist Amy Kuessner was thrilled with this move. She quoted, “As the adoption of ad-supported streaming continues to accelerate, we are excited to build on that momentum and align with esteemed creators and producers in search of new ways to introduce audiences to their coveted collection of award-winning content. Working in partnership with Gaumont, a longtime pioneer in the world of streaming. To bring the acclaimed Netflix Original series Narcos to Pluto TV is further testament to the evolving free streaming landscape that is rapidly gaining a foothold for prestige partners, game-changing content, and audiences alike.”
Narcos To Be Streamed Across Four Different Linear Channels
The exciting series is all set to be streamed across four different Pluto TV owned and operated linear channels that will have multiple airing times to go with two different languages.
The two languages will be English and Spanish (including English subtitles) that will accommodate a large number of audiences and get programmed across Pluto TV’s crime drama and Narco Novelas channels. This will also include its own branded single-series, marathon style-channels namely, Narcos and Narcos en Espanol.
Netflix Has Surprised One And All With This Move
It is something unexpected on Netflix’s part to give the streaming rights of one of their popular shows to another service. Narcos is one of the highly acclaimed crime dramas in the world that is based on the histories of illegal drug trades in Colombia and Mexico. It would be interesting to see if Netflix will follow this path with other shows as well, or whether it’s just a one-time affair.
Narcos, The Backdrop
The American based crime-saga television series is created and produced by the trio of Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, and Pedro Pascal are in pivotal roles.
The first two seasons are filmed in Colombia, and the story is based on the drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who became a billionaire courtesy of the production and distribution of cocaine in huge numbers.
Further, the story also focuses on Escobar’s interaction with drug lords and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and other opposition entities that make the story more dramatic and intense. Season 3 that is also the finale of the first three plots, starts after the fall of Escobar and continues to follow the DEA as they try to shut down the rise of the infamous Cali Cartel. The season is all about DEA’s hunt for the Cali Cartel leaders after Escobar’s death in 1993. Narcos was initially renewed for its fourth season however, it became Narcos: Mexico a companion series.
Talking about the seasons, the first season comprised ten episodes that aired on August 28, 2015, as Netflix exclusive content. The season was able to draw huge numbers making it ever so popular.
The second season premiered on September 2, 2016, which also comprised ten episodes. The announcement of the third season was made mid-way of season 2, and the former aired on September 1st, 2017 again comprising ten episodes.
On July 18, 2018, the makers announced the fourth season however, it was later reset as a new season for Netflix’s original series named Narcos: Mexico that showcased the drug peddlers of Mexico back in the 1980s.
Time To Wrap Up:
Netflix has made a striking deal that has already raised many eyebrows. The deal is one of its kind and rare at the same time. However, this isn’t the first time when a Netflix branded show has appeared elsewhere sometime back, it was Comedy Central who signed the exclusive linear rights to BoJack Horseman.
As far as the Pluto TV users are concerned, they are in for a treat as they will be enjoying the entire season of Narcos for free.