via press release:
DOVE CHANNEL LAUNCHES TODAY WITH UNIQUELY CURATED FAMILY FOCUSED PROGRAMMING
Groundbreaking channel offers streaming solutions for everyone with programming vetted by The Dove Foundation™ and monitoring information through sophisticated ratings system
New digital channel set to officially unveil this week among key industry leaders at VARIETY’s Entertainment & Technology Summit
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2015) – Family viewing just got a whole lot safer with today’s debut of Dove Channel, the new direct-to-consumer over-the-top (OTT) digital streaming subscription service.
A partnership between leading independent content distribution company Cinedigm Corp.
(NASDAQ: CIDM) and The Dove Foundation™, Dove Channel is a subscription service available on mobile devices and smart TVs offering a vast library of handpicked family-friendly, faith-based and kids’ programming, with the assurance of safety and quality control at the viewer’s fingertips. Uniquely, all of the content on Dove Channel is sortable and searchable using the Dove rating system that ranks programs in six key criteria, including sexuality, language, violence, drug and alcohol use, nudity and other, to ensure appropriate programming for families. This one-of-a-kind programming interface is customizable based on the user’s preference.
A subscription-based offering at $4.99 per month, the programming can be viewed across a broad spectrum of connected devices including Roku® Players and Roku TV™ models, Android and Mac iOS, Samsung Smart TV, the web, and mobile and tablet devices. Additionally, the channel can be viewed on multiple devices within each family.
An obvious curator of faith and family content, The Dove Foundation™ is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the entertainment industry to create, produce and distribute more movies and television shows that are appropriate for family viewing. Each month, hundreds of thousands of visitors rely on The Dove Foundation™ for up-to-date reviews of movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. Hand-in-hand with this philosophy, the foundation is also committed to helping the public easily identify family-friendly entertainment, encouraging them to show their support for this approved content. An OTT offering is the logical extension of this philosophy.
“For a long time we’ve known the missing link in online family entertainment has been the safety issue, and Dove Channel offers a wide array of family and faith-friendly viewing choices for kids, parents, grandparents and everyone in between,” said Dick Rolfe, co-founder and CEO of The Dove Foundation™.
“We know that our content is in demand – our research has shown that Dove-approved films are three times more profitable than non-endorsed films.”
The channel features newly acquired and original programming, as well as offerings from the vast collection of family and faith-friendly content from the Cinedigm library, offering safe, entertaining and educational programming that tells stories that reflect the best in humanity with access to some of life’s best lessons on screen.
The first exclusive offering on Dove Channel is the first season of “Austentatious,” which will be available on the digital platform exclusively for the month of September. A totally modern take on the beloved works of Jane Austen, themes of family, friendship, love and career are explored in ten fun-filled episodes, all included in a Dove Channel subscription.
Collectively, Dove Channel features more than 900 hours of new and original content, as well as favorite classics where leading stars such as Liam Neeson, Judd Nelson, Kevin Sorbo, Jon Voight, Halle Berry, Harry Connick Jr, Kirk Cameron, Betty White, Tim Curry and Michael Landon all come together in one appealing place.
All genres of movie and television programming are included, from comedy, sci-fi, drama, mystery and action to musicals, documentary, foreign films, biblical stories and health/wellness specials. Family classics ready to view include “Highway To Heaven,” “Swiss Family Robinson,” “The Adventures of Black Beauty” and the much-loved “Where The Red Fern Grows.” Kids’ content includes popular episodes of “VeggieTales” and the timeless tale of “The Velveteen Rabbit.” And for audiences seeking redemptive narratives, there are strong faith-based titles that ensure Dove Channel is the one-stop shop for all their entertainment needs.
“Dove Channel is the new jewel in the crown of Cinedigm’s prestige digital subscription services,” said Bill Sondheim, president of Cinedigm Entertainment Group. “Families are more concerned than ever about quality control in their entertainment choices, and our extensive programming and Dove’s rigorous ratings system combine to deliver our promise that Dove Channel will always be the safest place for families to be in the online space.”
Dove Channel carries out the purpose and investment that has been made for many years by The Dove Foundation™ to show credibility and trust for families nationwide. For more information on Dove Channel, please visit www.dovechannel.com.
About The Dove Foundation
The Dove Foundation founded in 1991, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the entertainment industry to create, produce and distribute a greater proportion of movies that are appropriate for family viewing; and to seeing the public better equipped to identify family-friendly movies and more deeply committed to support them. Hundreds of thousands of visitors each month rely on The Dove Foundation’s website for up-to-date reviews of movies, DVDs and books.
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, Cinedigm is leveraging its library of distribution rights, infrastructure, technology and distribution expertise to rapidly become a leader in the quickly evolving over-the-top digital network business. In addition to DOVE CHANNEL, Cinedigm’s first OTT channel, DOCURAMA, launched in May 2014 and Cinedigm launched CONtv, a Comic Con branded channel in partnership with WIZARD WORLD, on March 2015.
Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Corp.