TwitchCon Expands to Europe in 2019

TwitchCon is headed to Europe next year, doubling the number of Twitch-focused conventions the streaming company puts on in 2019. TwitchCon Europe will run from April 13 to 14 at Berlin’s CityCube. The location was selected, Twitch said, because …

TwitchCon is headed to Europe next year, doubling the number of Twitch-focused conventions the streaming company puts on in 2019. TwitchCon Europe will run from April 13 to 14 at Berlin’s CityCube. The location was selected, Twitch said, because of it’s centralized location and Germany’s status as “one of the top performing countries in terms […]

Amazon Touts ‘Thursday Night Football’ Total Viewers Up 22% to 14.7 Million in First Seven Weeks

Amazon has amassed a bigger crowd of gridiron fans so far in its second season streaming the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football.” The seven “Thursday Night Football” games streamed so far for the 2018 season on Prime Video and…

Amazon has amassed a bigger crowd of gridiron fans so far in its second season streaming the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football.” The seven “Thursday Night Football” games streamed so far for the 2018 season on Prime Video and Twitch (weeks 4-10) drew a combined 14.7 million total viewers in over 200 countries and territories, including […]

Twitch Taps Former Turner Exec Walter Jacobs as New Chief Revenue Officer

Walker Jacobs, a former Fandom and Turner exec, is joining Twitch as its new chief revenue officer starting Dec. 3. Jacobs joins the company as seven-year Twitch veteran Jonathan Simpson-Bint steps down from his role as CRO. Based in New York, Jacobs w…

Walker Jacobs, a former Fandom and Turner exec, is joining Twitch as its new chief revenue officer starting Dec. 3. Jacobs joins the company as seven-year Twitch veteran Jonathan Simpson-Bint steps down from his role as CRO. Based in New York, Jacobs will report to Sara Clemens, chief operating officer at Twitch.

Twitch created an entirely new form of entertainment where the audience doesn’t just watch, but is part of creating the experience,” Clemens said in a statement. “Enabling streamers to earn a living is a key focus for Twitch, and advertising is one of the ways viewers support streamers. We’re thrilled to have Walker stepping into this important leadership role given his deep operational expertise in building and scaling global advertising businesses and experience with gaming and fan communities.”

Prior to Twitch, Jacobs served as COO of the entertainment media brand Fandom, as well as president and chief revenue officer of Clear Channel Outdoor, where he was responsible for leading go-to-market strategies for the company’s out-of-home assets in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to Clear Channel, Jacobs was EVP at Turner Broadcasting System where he led Turner Digital, where he was responsible for leading sales and marketing across the company’s portfolio of digital properties.

“Twitch is uniquely positioned to help marketers connect authentically and interact with audiences,” said Jacobs in a statement. “At any given moment more than a million people are on Twitch. The audience is huge and growing, they’re young, influential, difficult to reach, and deeply engaged. The live aspect gives marketers distinctive opportunities too as audiences experience programming simultaneously, at scale. There’s a huge opportunity to bring new products, formats, and experiences to the service that leverage those unique attributes and I’m thrilled by the chance to help drive that innovation.”

Jacobs’ appointment follows a series of executive hires, including Michelle Weaver, who joined as CFO in October, and Sudarshana Rangachary, who joined the Amazon-owned company in September as CHRO.

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CollegeHumor Takes Its Premium Subscription Service DROPOUT to Twitch (Exclusive)

CollegeHumor is taking its DROPOUT streaming service to Twitch.
With its new partnership with the Amazon-owned company, Twitch will host a DROPOUT marathon on its TwitchPresents channel, which boasts 500K subscribers. It previously hosted marathons fea…

CollegeHumor is taking its DROPOUT streaming service to Twitch.

With its new partnership with the Amazon-owned company, Twitch will host a DROPOUT marathon on its TwitchPresents channel, which boasts 500K subscribers. It previously hosted marathons featuring Pokémon, Bob Ross, and Mr. Rogers.

“We’ve been looking for the right opportunity to partner with Twitch given the large audience crossover with our brands (CollegeHumor, Dorkly and Drawfee) and there’s no better home for a weekend-long viewing session of our subscription content,” said Natalie Mayslich, head of business development, CollegeHumor. “Media From live D&D tabletop role-playing to animation and a competitive game show (by nerds for nerds!), our DROPOUT marathon will be right at home on the platform.”

Beginning Nov. 9 at 9:00 pm ET and ending on Nov. 11, the marathon will feature DROPOUT-exclusive material, which has been hand-picked for Twitch’s gaming and fandom-oriented audience. CollegeHumor’s cast and stars will also interact with fans live through the Twitch chat.

“This is an opportunity to engage and convert potential viewers in real-time,” added Mayslich. “We’ll have our cast hanging out with the Twitch community during the premiere blocks of our DROPOUT shows, engaging in the chat and answering fan questions. Ultimately our hope is that the Twitch audience gets hooked on the DROPOUT shows.”

During public beta, which is expected to run for two more months, DROPOUT will be available for $3.99 per month. The service will then offer a tiered pricing model, starting at $3.99 per month with an annual subscription, $4.99 per month with a six-month subscription, and $5.99 for a month-by-month subscription.

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Ninja Announces Ninja’s New Year Marathon Stream

Popular Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has announced Ninja’s New Year, a marathon Twitch stream where Ninja plans to ring in the new year by streaming for 12 hours straight. Blevins took to TwitchCon 2018 to detail his plans fo…

Popular Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has announced Ninja’s New Year, a marathon Twitch stream where Ninja plans to ring in the new year by streaming for 12 hours straight. Blevins took to TwitchCon 2018 to detail his plans for the upcoming celebration. The lengthy stream will find Ninja, partnering with Red Bull, counting down […]

Twitch Adds 235,000 Streamers to Revenue Program in 2018, 6,800 Partners

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear expressed the importance of community on the platform and revealed new tools that will help build stronger communities during his keynote address at TwitchCon Friday morning. Shear also highlighted how Twitch, the dominating gam…

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear expressed the importance of community on the platform and revealed new tools that will help build stronger communities during his keynote address at TwitchCon Friday morning. Shear also highlighted how Twitch, the dominating game streaming service, has grown. More than a million people, he said, are tuning in to Twitch at […]

Snapchat Filters Are Now Available on Twitch

Twitch streamers can now broadcast using Snapchat filters, also known as Lenses. The update was one of several announcements made at TwitchCon, which kicked off Friday at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

After downloading the Snap Camera app on its desktop device, Twitch streamers can overlay the filter while streaming. Fans watching the stream will then be able to unlock the Lens themselves via Snapchat QR codes. Snapchat’s library of Lenses and custom Lenses for the Twitch community —  including a purple, Super Saiyan power-up filter –are available now.

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In addition to the integration of Lenses, Twitch unveiled new tools intended to help creators improve their discoverability and grow their channel, which is a key focus for many of the 2.2 million users streaming monthly on the platform.

To help streamers stand out, the Amazon-owned company added a new featured section on its homepage that will highlight up-and-coming streamers, new Partners and Affiliates, or streamers local to the viewer. Twitch also announced updates to its Highlight Editor, a feature that lets streamers curate past broadcasts to engage existing fans when the creator is not live streaming.  Starting January, Highlight Editor will allow streamers and editors to stitch together moments from across a video into a single highlight.

Also: Starting later this year Twitch users will be able group stream using ‘Squad Stream,’ which lets up to four creators stream together on one screen, allowing them to combine their audiences.

Twitch also introduced a new way for creators to engage fans with Twitch Sings, a brand new karaoke-style game. Designed for live streaming, the game has hundreds of songs that streamers and their communities can choose from. TwitchCon attendees can test the game on the expo floor, with a closed Beta starting later in 2018 on PC, iOS and coming soon on Android.

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Twitch streamers can now broadcast using Snapchat filters, also known as Lenses. The update was one of several announcements made at TwitchCon, which kicked off Friday at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

After downloading the Snap Camera app on its desktop device, Twitch streamers can overlay the filter while streaming. Fans watching the stream will then be able to unlock the Lens themselves via Snapchat QR codes. Snapchat’s library of Lenses and custom Lenses for the Twitch community —  including a purple, Super Saiyan power-up filter –are available now.

In addition to the integration of Lenses, Twitch unveiled new tools intended to help creators improve their discoverability and grow their channel, which is a key focus for many of the 2.2 million users streaming monthly on the platform.

To help streamers stand out, the Amazon-owned company added a new featured section on its homepage that will highlight up-and-coming streamers, new Partners and Affiliates, or streamers local to the viewer. Twitch also announced updates to its Highlight Editor, a feature that lets streamers curate past broadcasts to engage existing fans when the creator is not live streaming.  Starting January, Highlight Editor will allow streamers and editors to stitch together moments from across a video into a single highlight.

Also: Starting later this year Twitch users will be able group stream using ‘Squad Stream,’ which lets up to four creators stream together on one screen, allowing them to combine their audiences.

Twitch also introduced a new way for creators to engage fans with Twitch Sings, a brand new karaoke-style game. Designed for live streaming, the game has hundreds of songs that streamers and their communities can choose from. TwitchCon attendees can test the game on the expo floor, with a closed Beta starting later in 2018 on PC, iOS and coming soon on Android.

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Ellen Drops in on Ninja’s ‘Fortnite’ Stream

After Tyler “Ninja” Blevins appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday, Ellen decided to return the favor by appearing on Ninja’s stream on Tuesday. Ellen noted that the video in which Ninja taught her how to play “Fort…

After Tyler “Ninja” Blevins appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday, Ellen decided to return the favor by appearing on Ninja’s stream on Tuesday. Ellen noted that the video in which Ninja taught her how to play “Fortnite” was trending as the number three most-watched video on YouTube over the weekend, and decided to give […]

Antonio Esfandiari to Be Featured in Poker Central’s New Series ‘Beyond the Rail’ (Exclusive)

Antonio Esfandiari, the winner of two World Poker Tour (WPT) championships and three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, is one of many poker legends who will be featured in Poker Central’s new docu-series, “Beyond the Rail.”

The new short-form series, which includes players Chris Moorman and Mori Eskandani, a 2018 Poker Hall of Fame inductee, highlights the people involved in producing, broadcasting, and participating in the 2018 World Series of Poker. Produced in cooperation with Primal NY, the series gives fans the full scope of the tournament that brings thousands of hopefuls to Las Vegas every year who aim to compete for a WSOP title. Each episode highlights a specific behind-the-scenes personality, with the final episode showcasing the WSOP Main Event final table.

“The 2018 World Series of Poker is behind us, but the entertainment continues as fans get more access to the tournament than ever before,” said Sam Simmons, VP of content for Poker Central. “‘Beyond the Rail’ shows poker enthusiasts the intricate work of poker producers, the day-to-day humanity of the players themselves, and the sheer heart that everyone involved puts into making WSOP an annual success.”

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Poker Central will make the first episode of the series, which follows Esfandiari, available for free on its YouTube channel today. If fans want to continue watching the series, they’ll need to sign up for Poker Central’s $10 per month streaming service PokerGO.

YouTube isn’t the only distribution channel Poker Central uses to draw consumers to its OTT service. In addition to streaming select content on Twitch via a partnership with the Amazon-owned company in May, the company has also signed a programming partnership with NBC Sports where its poker coverage will be broadcasted and streamed across the NBC Sports’ linear and digital channels, including NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. The company also recently partnered with the multi-platform sports network, Stadium, on “Friday Night Poker,” an interactive series made exclusively for Facebook Watch.

Other programs on Poker Central — including the original series “Super High Roller Club,” from Believe Entertainment, the Academy Award-winning company behind Kobe Bryant’s “Dear Basketball” —  will be shown on PokerGO’s subscription service.

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Launched in May 2017, PokerGO features a mix of video on-demand (VOD) and live coverage of some of the largest events in poker, such as the Super High Roller Bowl and the World Series of Poker. The streaming service also has a 10,000+ square-foot Las Vegas-based studio, created to be the exclusive home for all Poker Central-owned live events which are then distributed on the over-the-top service.

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Antonio Esfandiari, the winner of two World Poker Tour (WPT) championships and three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, is one of many poker legends who will be featured in Poker Central’s new docu-series, “Beyond the Rail.”

The new short-form series, which includes players Chris Moorman and Mori Eskandani, a 2018 Poker Hall of Fame inductee, highlights the people involved in producing, broadcasting, and participating in the 2018 World Series of Poker. Produced in cooperation with Primal NY, the series gives fans the full scope of the tournament that brings thousands of hopefuls to Las Vegas every year who aim to compete for a WSOP title. Each episode highlights a specific behind-the-scenes personality, with the final episode showcasing the WSOP Main Event final table.

“The 2018 World Series of Poker is behind us, but the entertainment continues as fans get more access to the tournament than ever before,” said Sam Simmons, VP of content for Poker Central. “‘Beyond the Rail’ shows poker enthusiasts the intricate work of poker producers, the day-to-day humanity of the players themselves, and the sheer heart that everyone involved puts into making WSOP an annual success.”

Poker Central will make the first episode of the series, which follows Esfandiari, available for free on its YouTube channel today. If fans want to continue watching the series, they’ll need to sign up for Poker Central’s $10 per month streaming service PokerGO.

YouTube isn’t the only distribution channel Poker Central uses to draw consumers to its OTT service. In addition to streaming select content on Twitch via a partnership with the Amazon-owned company in May, the company has also signed a programming partnership with NBC Sports where its poker coverage will be broadcasted and streamed across the NBC Sports’ linear and digital channels, including NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. The company also recently partnered with the multi-platform sports network, Stadium, on “Friday Night Poker,” an interactive series made exclusively for Facebook Watch.

Other programs on Poker Central — including the original series “Super High Roller Club,” from Believe Entertainment, the Academy Award-winning company behind Kobe Bryant’s “Dear Basketball” —  will be shown on PokerGO’s subscription service.

Launched in May 2017, PokerGO features a mix of video on-demand (VOD) and live coverage of some of the largest events in poker, such as the Super High Roller Bowl and the World Series of Poker. The streaming service also has a 10,000+ square-foot Las Vegas-based studio, created to be the exclusive home for all Poker Central-owned live events which are then distributed on the over-the-top service.

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Bethesda Is Coming to TwitchCon for First Time Ever

Video game publisher Bethesda is making its TwitchCon debut next month, social video service Twitch announced on Monday. TwitchCon 2018 takes place Oct. 26-28 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. Bethesda will be on the convent…

Video game publisher Bethesda is making its TwitchCon debut next month, social video service Twitch announced on Monday. TwitchCon 2018 takes place Oct. 26-28 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. Bethesda will be on the convention’s show floor for the first time ever, where it will host multiple live-streamed events. […]

Amazon, Twitch Unveil Enhanced Features for NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’ Live-Streams

The NFL’s live-streaming pact with Amazon for the 2018 season kicks off Thursday — and the ecommerce giant company has some new tricks up its sleeve for “Thursday Night Football.” Amazon is offering Fox’s feed of 11 &#8220…

The NFL’s live-streaming pact with Amazon for the 2018 season kicks off Thursday — and the ecommerce giant company has some new tricks up its sleeve for “Thursday Night Football.” Amazon is offering Fox’s feed of 11 “Thursday Night Football” games this season, available across Prime Video and Twitch, the company’s game-streaming platform. New this […]

Thursday Night Football Is Getting an Upgrade on Amazon’s Twitch

As part of Amazon’s streaming deal with the National Football League, Thursday Night Football games are made available for free on Amazon-owned Twitch.
And for this week’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Minnesota Vikings, Twitch …

As part of Amazon’s streaming deal with the National Football League, Thursday Night Football games are made available for free on Amazon-owned Twitch.

And for this week’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Minnesota Vikings, Twitch will roll out a suite of features designed to take the viewing experience to a level not possible with traditional television broadcasts.

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The gaming-focused streaming platform is introducing new interactive features that will bring viewers into the game experience — with real-time player stats and no-stakes sports betting game boards. The company is also testing a new type of on-air commentary.

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Starting with the 9/27 game, Twitch will co-stream the game with all-star-streamers starting with GoldGlove, a Twitch creator who has amassed over 54 million all-time views from 1.3 million followers.  Known for game-play commentary, GoldGlove will serve as a live commentator for Thursday Night Football on Twitch, in what Twitch is calling “the ultimate fan-as-commentator experience.”

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Cheddar to Bring Live Sports News to Amazon-Owned Twitch (Exclusive)

Streaming broadcast news site Cheddar has locked a deal with Twitch for a new eSports news show called “Cheddar Sports” and a live stream special at TwitchCon on October 27.
Starting Thursday, “Cheddar Sports” will deliver news,…

Streaming broadcast news site Cheddar has locked a deal with Twitch for a new eSports news show called “Cheddar Sports” and a live stream special at TwitchCon on October 27.

Starting Thursday, “Cheddar Sports” will deliver news, highlights stories from the world of eSports and gaming to viewers both on Twitch and across Cheddar’s syndication network. The show will also take advantage of Twitch’s interactive community engaging fans and viewers in on-air discussions.

“With a loyal fan base with a keen interest in eSports, we’ve already seen that Cheddar Sports is wildly popular on Twitch,” CEO Jon Steinberg told TheWrap

Steinberg also said the show planned to focus more airtime on “the stars, competition highlights, and the latest on gear and technology.” Cheddar previously tested an always-on channel for Twitch earlier this year in the same category but decided to focus on series formats rather than 24/7 linear streaming. 

“Esports is continuing to grow in popularity with a fanbase that thrives on both the real-time events and live commentary about the scene in general,” said Michael Aragon, Twitch’s SVP of content. “Cheddar’s decision to go all in with a live talk show focused on eSports [and] dedicating a day-long live stream from TwitchCon 2018… shows they have their hands on the pulse of the Twitch community.”

Aside from its regular news coverage from the New York Stock Exchange, Cheddar also produces seven other genre-specific formats on topics like cryptocurrency and cannabis.

Cheddar’s broadcast coverage and linear streams air across Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, Snapchat, fuboTV, Philo, Amazon, Twitch, Twitter, 60 percent of smart TVs in the U.S., and Facebook.

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Twitch Blocked in China Following Surge in Popularity There

Popular game streaming platform Twitch is now blocked in China after it experienced a surge in popularity there. The website is no longer accessible inside mainland China and the app has quietly disappeared from the Apple App Store, according to Abacus…

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YouTube Phases Out YouTube Gaming App, Brings Video Game Streamers Back Into the Fold

YouTube  has a new strategy for taking on Twitch: It’s letting YouTube gamers mingle with regular YouTubers again. The Google-owned video service launched a new destination for video game content on YouTube.com Tuesday, and also announced that it…

YouTube  has a new strategy for taking on Twitch: It’s letting YouTube gamers mingle with regular YouTubers again. The Google-owned video service launched a new destination for video game content on YouTube.com Tuesday, and also announced that it will phase out its standalone YouTube Gaming app in March of 2019. “We have a strong and […]

Over 200 Custom Twitch Streamer Skins Coming To ‘PUBG’

Social streaming platform Twitch and developer PUBG Corporation are teaming up to bring a massive amount of Twitch streamer-themed in-game items and skins to popular battle royale game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” they announced o…

Social streaming platform Twitch and developer PUBG Corporation are teaming up to bring a massive amount of Twitch streamer-themed in-game items and skins to popular battle royale game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” they announced on Friday. More than 200 streamer-designed skins are being created for participants of Broadcaster Royale’s second season. The event lets any “PUBG” fan […]

Twitch Hires Its First Head of Diversity And Inclusion

Social live streaming service Twitch just hired its first head of diversity and inclusion, it announced on Thursday. Katrina Jones starts in that new role on Oct. 1. She has 10 years of experience in human resources and inclusion and diversity. Before …

Social live streaming service Twitch just hired its first head of diversity and inclusion, it announced on Thursday. Katrina Jones starts in that new role on Oct. 1. She has 10 years of experience in human resources and inclusion and diversity. Before joining Twitch, she held a similar position at Vimeo, where she created that […]

Sling TV Increases Digital-First Offering With 2 New Channels From Cinedigm

Sling TV, DISH’s streaming TV service launched in 2015, is beefing up its offering of digital-first channels with two new additions from Cinedigm.

Starting today, Cinedigm’s Docurama, which houses a collection of fact-based documentaries, and its fandom-focused CONtv will be available to SlingTV subscribers as individual add-ons for $5 a month each.

The launch of the two channels is a continuation of the agreement between Cinedigm and Sling TV, which began with the launch of the popular values-based Dove Channel on June 28, marking the first time in Cinedigm’s history that one of its OTT networks was offered through Sling TV.

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Cinedigm is excited to build upon our relationship with Sling TV with the addition of Docurama and CONtv,” said Bill Sondheim, president of Cinedigm‘s Entertainment Group, in a statement. “These channels both cater to distinct audiences who are passionate, knowledgeable and know exactly what they want to see. We look forward to continuing to provide the rapidly growing Sling TV community with our diverse entertainment programming.”

Launched as a VOD service in 2014, Docurama provides viewers with a vast library featuring over 100 films, shorts, and series, as well as interviews and in-depth film festival coverage. This month, Sling TV viewers with a Docurama subscription can view the Nick Cave film “20,000 Days On Earth,” the fan-to-frontman fairytale “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” and the in-depth Mafia series “Gangster Empire.”

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With CONtv, a leading digital-first entertainment network devoted exclusively to fandom, viewers will have access to thousands of hours of content that encompasses sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, grindhouse, and martial arts action. CONtv’s offerings include kung fu fantasy “Immortal Demon Slayer,” fan-favorite anime series “Digimon Adventure,” alien time travel epic “Kung Fu Traveler” and “Hellraiser.”

This isn’t the first time Cinedigm has partnered with a streaming service to increase the visibility of its OTT channels. Earlier this year the North American Entertainment company partnered with Twitch, a gamer-focused social video platform owned by Amazon, to launch two linear channels on the platform utilizing content from its CONtv and Combat Go (an OTT channel dedicated to martial arts) properties. The channels were part of a new “Always On” initiative from Twitch to create a section on its site dedicated to housing linear content unrelated to gaming. Unfortunately, Twitch’s push into housing linear content hasn’t lived up to the expectations of the publishers its partnered with. But, for now, Cinedigm fans can still find its programming housed on the platform.

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Sling TV, DISH’s streaming TV service launched in 2015, is beefing up its offering of digital-first channels with two new additions from Cinedigm.

Starting today, Cinedigm’s Docurama, which houses a collection of fact-based documentaries, and its fandom-focused CONtv will be available to SlingTV subscribers as individual add-ons for $5 a month each.

The launch of the two channels is a continuation of the agreement between Cinedigm and Sling TV, which began with the launch of the popular values-based Dove Channel on June 28, marking the first time in Cinedigm’s history that one of its OTT networks was offered through Sling TV.

Cinedigm is excited to build upon our relationship with Sling TV with the addition of Docurama and CONtv,” said Bill Sondheim, president of Cinedigm‘s Entertainment Group, in a statement. “These channels both cater to distinct audiences who are passionate, knowledgeable and know exactly what they want to see. We look forward to continuing to provide the rapidly growing Sling TV community with our diverse entertainment programming.”

Launched as a VOD service in 2014, Docurama provides viewers with a vast library featuring over 100 films, shorts, and series, as well as interviews and in-depth film festival coverage. This month, Sling TV viewers with a Docurama subscription can view the Nick Cave film “20,000 Days On Earth,” the fan-to-frontman fairytale “Don’t Stop Believin': Everyman’s Journey,” and the in-depth Mafia series “Gangster Empire.”

With CONtv, a leading digital-first entertainment network devoted exclusively to fandom, viewers will have access to thousands of hours of content that encompasses sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, grindhouse, and martial arts action. CONtv’s offerings include kung fu fantasy “Immortal Demon Slayer,” fan-favorite anime series “Digimon Adventure,” alien time travel epic “Kung Fu Traveler” and “Hellraiser.”

This isn’t the first time Cinedigm has partnered with a streaming service to increase the visibility of its OTT channels. Earlier this year the North American Entertainment company partnered with Twitch, a gamer-focused social video platform owned by Amazon, to launch two linear channels on the platform utilizing content from its CONtv and Combat Go (an OTT channel dedicated to martial arts) properties. The channels were part of a new “Always On” initiative from Twitch to create a section on its site dedicated to housing linear content unrelated to gaming. Unfortunately, Twitch’s push into housing linear content hasn’t lived up to the expectations of the publishers its partnered with. But, for now, Cinedigm fans can still find its programming housed on the platform.

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Viacom’s VidCon Returns to Anaheim for Its 10th Anniversary

Online video lovers clear your calendar. VidCon, the world’s largest multi-day conference celebrating online video, has announced that its 10th annual, three-day event will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center starting on July 10, 2019. Detai…

Online video lovers clear your calendar. VidCon, the world’s largest multi-day conference celebrating online video, has announced that its 10th annual, three-day event will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center starting on July 10, 2019. Details on new programming, expanded activations, events, parties, and featured creators confirmed to attend are expected to be released in the coming months.

The announcement comes on the heels of the second annual VidCon Australia, which took place Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2018, and played host to YouTuber Liza Koshy, the YouTube channel TheOdd1sOut, and online influencer Caspar Lee, which have a combined following of more than 25 million subscribers on YouTube. MTV Australia also used the event to announce and debut “Total Request Live” — the first international version of the MTV show since the revival of the series launched in U.S. in 2017.

“Over the last ten years, VidCon has become the only place where the industry, brands, the world’s top digital creators and their fans come together to celebrate and change the future of online video,” said Jim Louderback, VidCon General Manager in a statement.  “As we expand across Europe with VidCon London in February 2019, Australia and beyond, our team is busy building a tenth-anniversary celebration in the U.S. that will be the biggest and best VidCon ever.”

Founded by Hank and John Green 10 years ago — before being acquired by Viacom in February — the goal of VidCon was to provide an opportunity for creators to connect with their colleagues and communities in a physical space. Since then, the event has grown into a must-attend for many involved in the online video space. This year’s VidCon US 2018 in June attracted more than 74,000 fans, creators, brands and industry leaders. The event hosted fireside chats and panels with c-level and senior executives from online platform including  Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Twitch, Snap, Bytedance, and YouTube.

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