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T-Mobile's future video streaming services will include content from Viacom

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Viacom is buying free streaming service Pluto TV for $340 million

Media giant Viacom announced yesterday that it's come to an agreement with free streaming TV provider Pluto TV to purchase the service for the seemingly absurd sum of $340 million in cash. Viacom sees the platform as a way to attract customers to its paid streaming platforms, including such offerings as Comedy Central Now and Noggin.

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[Update: Fixed] Viacom apps mysteriously breaking compatibility with Android TV, play disappearing act with launcher

We might be fans of Android in general here, but we've also been vocal critics of Android TV—though Google promises to make things better someday. But even in its current form, it's a popular platform for many via devices like Nvidia's SHIELD TV. In a strange development, Viacom appears to have removed Android TV support for many of its apps, including Comedy Central, VH1, MTV, and BET. Even weirder, for a brief period some of the apps themselves seemed to have disappeared from Android TV devices. 

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