Verizon, Hearst Launch Mobile TV for Two Kinds of Millennials

Young adults at a party at the Local 16 bar and restaurant Oct. 13, 2015 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Young adults split their attention between the televisied debate and scanningTwitter on their smart phones during a debate watch party at the Local 16 bar and restaurant October 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Democratic candidates Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee squared off on the CNN-hosted debate in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Verizon and Hearst seem to be betting that there are two types of millennials in this world: Those who are “from the heartland” and those who love late-night TV.

The two companies announced a new partnership on Wednesday called Verizon Hearst Media Partners, a 50-50 investment between the two corporations, according to a New York Times report.

Verizon and Hearst will roll out two mobile TV networks this spring. Seriously.TV will be a fairly unserious affair, a network in the style of late-night news and comedy.

The second channel,, was described by the two companies to be pitched toward millennials living in “the heartland” of America. RatedRed is supposed to be more of a traditional network-style channel with news, documentaries, and programming about “music, food, outdoor life, military affairs, politics and faith.”

The channels will be available via Verizon’s Go90 app and online.

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The move comes just as YouTube Red premiered its own new subscription TV service with a lineup of shows that debuted in February, focusing on teens while also featuring YouTube stars and musical dramas, as the Los Angeles Times reported.

“It’s the dawn of a new era of video brands for the next generation of viewers and in Verizon, we have found a partner with unparalleled ad, video and mobile technology,” said Neeraj Khemlani, co-president of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, in a release. Hearst has also recently invested in video with Buzzfeed, Vice, and AwesomenessTV.

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