ION Plus: A FAST Move To OTA Distribution


An advertising-supported television (FAST) streaming channel owned by The E.W. Scripps Company is days away from becoming available as an over-the-air broadcast television channel.

Beginning July 1, ION Plus will gain access via a digital multicast channel in various markets across the U.S., with 90% of U.S. television homes accessible through over the air means.

This adds to ION Plus’ distribution on FAST platforms Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, Vizio WatchFree+, LG Channels and Amazon Freevee. The network can also be seen on Fubo.

ION Plus features general entertainment programming, including second-run television series and dramas such as “MacGyver,” “Scorpion,” “Murdoch Mysteries,” “Leverage,” Hudson & Rex” and “Private Eyes.”

ION Plus joins the flagship ION and “ION Mystery” as free, linear TV networks.

Scripps says the expansion of ION Plus to over-the-air television follows the “rebranding” of ION announced earlier this year, with the flagship network expanding into professional sports and live events, including the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the National Women’s Soccer League.


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