thePlatform Selected by Cinedigm as Central Video Logistics System for OTT Subscription Networks
SEATTLE – September 3, 2015 – thePlatform, the leading white-label video publishing company and independent subsidiary of Comcast, today announced that it has been selected by Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM), the leading distributor and aggregator of independent content, to provide back-end video services for its newest OTT subscription networks. Specifically, thePlatform’s mpx will support CONtv , a joint venture between Cinedigm and Wizard World, a leading producer of live pop culture multimedia conventions, providing multiplatform OTT services geared toward the Comic Con community, and the Dove Channel™, an upcoming family oriented video network from The Dove Foundation .
CONtv offers free-to-consumer, ad-supported streaming, as well as a premium subscription option for $6.99/month, featuring exclusive access to Comic Con events, panels, talent, and related content. The Dove Channel is a digital streaming subscription service, launching in fall 2015, targeted to families and kids seeking high quality and family friendly content approved by The Dove Foundation, best known for its film reviews, ratings and endorsements of family programming. Under today’s agreement, thePlatform’s mpx will serve as the cloud-based, central video publishing system for the digital networks, and support other video-related initiatives, for viewers on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and TVs, via Xbox, Roku, Apple iOS, Android, and Samsung devices.
“Cinedigm continues to propel the industry forward with robust digital entertainment networks, like ConTV and the Dove Channel,” said Marty Roberts, co-CEO of thePlatform. “As a testament to the speed, flexibility and scalability of our solution, we’re excited to play a key role in supporting Cinedigm’s video publishing efforts across some of its newest, multiplatform initiatives.”
“At Cinedigm, we’re committed to bringing broadcast-quality TV experiences to audiences, wherever and whenever they want to watch,” said Erick Opeka, EVP Digital Networks, Cinedigm. “thePlatform is globally recognized as a leading video management and publishing company for the TV industry, and its mpx system provides us with the ability to efficiently scale our existing and next-gen content distribution services across virtually any device.”
Spanning cult TV, sci-fi, horror and fantasy films, grindhouse classics, martial arts adventures, and more, CONtv’s extensive program offering includes: Voltron, Godzilla,Hellraiser, Blade of Kings, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Stargate Infinity, Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon, and others. Additionally, CONtv will debut original series throughout the remainder of the year, including the innovative horror/reality series, Fight of the Living Dead, with digital celebrities Joey Graceffa, Jesse and Jeana (PrankvsPrank), and Justine Ezarik (iJustine); Last Fan Standing, hosted by pop culture icon Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead); and My Morphing Life, which follows actor and Wizard World regular Jason David Frank, the original Green Power Ranger.
The Dove Channel will feature newly acquired and original programming, as well as offerings from Cinedigm’s vast library of family-friendly, faith and kids’ content, includingVeggieTales, Fraggle Rock, The Adventures of Black Beauty, Swiss Family Robinson,Davey & Goliath, Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Where the Red Fern Grows, and more.
Cinedigm is a leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with thousands of physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television. The company’s library of films and TV episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.
Additionally, given Cinedigm’s infrastructure, technology, content and distribution expertise, the Company has rapidly become a leader in the quickly evolving over-the-top digital network business. Cinedigm’s first channel, DOCURAMA, launched in May 2014, and is currently available on iOS, Roku, Xbox and Samsung, with additional platforms currently being rolled out. Cinedigm launched CONtv, a Comic Con branded channel in partnership with WIZARD WORLD, on March 3, 2015. The Company’s third OTT channel, DOVE ENTERTAINMENT CHANNEL, will be a digital streaming subscription service targeted to families and kids seeking high quality and family friendly content approved by Dove Foundation. Adding to Cinedigm’s diversified portfolio of digital networks , in early 2015 the Company announced an OTT partnership with TV4 Entertainment and the planned launch of the BRIGHT edu-tainment OTT channel.
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