Kino Lorber, Giant Pictures Launch Free Ad-Supported Streaming Service Kino Cult

Kino Lorber has partnered with Giant Pictures to launch Kino Cult, a free ad-supported streaming destination for genre lovers of horror and cult films.

Featuring hundreds of hours of curated, theatrically released films all in high-definition, with new titles added monthly, Kino Cult launches widely in the United States and Canada on Oct. 1 across Web, mobile devices and connected TVs, with VOD apps on major devices, such as Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google TV, iOS, Android and more.

Giant Pictures is the technology partner for Kino Cult, responsible for the device apps, channel distribution and ad-tech in the new venture.

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“From the arthouse to the haunted house, the channel will dive deep into unapologetically weird genre cinema, blending recent art house discoveries fresh from cinemas with high quality restorations of notorious grindhouse gems,” according to a press release.

Kino Lorber brings 40 years of experience as a theatrical and home entertainment distributor of international and American indie films to Kino Cult, where the focus will be on “the wild and the weird of genre cinema,” according to the release. Kino Cult plans to serve its audience with a deep catalog of hundreds of relevant titles, many of which are streamable for the very first time, all in HD, the press release noted.

The channel will offer cult cinema across action, horror, comedy and sci-fi, both new and rare vintage hits of genre cinema, giving movie fans “access to films that have not been easy to find in the streaming age,” the press release stated.

FilmRise Picks Up Distribution of TV Movies, Series and Romantic Comedies From Reel One

FilmRise, a New York-based film and TV studio and streaming network, has entered into a distribution agreement with Reel One Entertainment for a package of 15 originally produced romantic comedy films and an additional 100 titles consisting of made-for-TV movies and TV series.

The original movies will debut in the United States this year.

FilmRise will be offering to broadcast and digital platforms five recently completed original films, including A Picture Perfect Wedding, with “Letterkenny” star Tyler Johnston, and A Wedding to Remember, starring Christina Rosato who has been cast in a recurring role on Disney+’s upcoming “Turner & Hooch” series reboot. Producers were able to responsibly produce the films during the pandemic by featuring real-life couples in lead roles.

FilmRise will be the exclusive distributor in the United States across streaming outlets for the licensed made-for-TV movies and series and will sell TV rights alongside Reel One.

These programs include more than 100 titles comprised of female-fronted thrillers that debuted on Lifetime, and holiday, genre films and series such as the family-friendly crime-drama “Detective McClean: Ties That Bind.”

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“We are excited to bring these films and TV series to our digital partners and the FilmRise Streaming Network,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “Feel-good movies have made networks successful over many years, and now more than ever, they have become comfort-viewing for audiences during these challenging times.”

“Reel One is happy to be in business with FilmRise, a company building from strength in digital distribution,” Tom Berry, CEO of Reel One, said in a statement. “We hope that this is just the beginning.”

Samsung Adds CBSN to Ad-Supported VOD Service

Samsung Electronics America Oct. 31 announced the addition of CBSN to its free ad-supported video service Samsung TV Plus.

CBSN joins more than 70 TV channels on the Samsung TV Plus service, which delivers free, ad-supported programming across millions of 2016-2019 Samsung Smart TVs.

Established in 2016 in the United States, Samsung TV Plus is pre-installed on all 2016-2019 Samsung Smart TVs. Users can access TV content with just an Internet connection — no download, additional devices or credit card needed.

The platform mirrors AVOD efforts by The Roku Channel, Pluto TV, Shout! Factory TV, and IMDb TV, among others.

“As viewership trends continue to shift, we feel it is important to offer consumers a live and linear TV experience that is completely free and deeply integrated into our Samsung Smart TV platform,” Salek Brodsky, VP of strategic partnerships and business development for Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.

About 34% of U.S. households will not have a traditional cable subscription by the end of 2019, according to the Convergence Research Group.

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With the addition of CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service, Samsung TV Plus provides consumers with an alternative way to access and watch the same news content in the home.

The Samsung TV Plus lineup includes channels spanning news, sports, kids, lifestyle, gaming and more, including: ET Live, Cheddar, WeatherNation, fubo Sports Network, Outside TV+, Moonbug, Tastemade, QVC, PeopleTV, This Old House, FailArmy, The Pet Collective and IGN.