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Cleo TV, Philo Sign Carriage Agreement

TV One’s upstart, African-American female targeted network Cleo TV has signed a carriage deal with the Philo streaming service.

Philo TV subscribers can now access Cleo TV, which launched in January on Comcast and Charter systems, marking the network’s first vMVPD launch, according to TV One, which owns Cleo TV.

“The Philo agreement marks CLEO TV's first OTT deal and fits our strategy to widely distribute content to our target audience across multiple distribution platforms and screens," said TV One and CLEO TV General Manager Michelle Rice in a statement. "We are excited about the commitment Philo has made to offer fresh and diverse content."

Added Philo CEO Andrew McCollum: "We built Philo to be the best TV experience available and with the addition of CLEO TV, this is one more way we can reach that goal." 

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