Vizio Adds 4 New Free Channels

By Jessica Lerner 

With the addition of four more free channels from The E.W. Scripps Company, Vizio’s WatchFree+ service now offers customers access to ION, ION Mystery, Bounce XL and Grit Xtra.

“We are pleased to be working with Scripps to expand their content offering on Vizio, helping us deliver on our commitment to provide endless entertainment options and enhanced consumer experiences,” said Katherine Pond, group vp, platform content and partnerships at Vizio, in a statement. “Thanks to these popular Scripps channels with some all-time consumer favorite shows, we can offer an ever-wider variety of free programming across genres and interests and bring more options to millions of WatchFree+ viewers.”

The newly added channels go beyond the existing free channels, such as Newsy and ION Plus, and the premium streaming apps, such as Newsy, Court TV and Brown Sugar, to further increase the dissemination of Scripps programming across Vizio’s platform.


“Our growing relationship with Vizio is part of the rapid expansion of our networks into connected TV and free streaming platforms,” said Jeffrey Wolf, chief distribution officer of the Scripps Networks division. “Working with Vizio, we are able to reach more consumers and broaden the audience for our very popular brands and wide array of programming that entertains, informs and engages millions of consumers.”