Sling TV Launches Comedy Dynamics, DOGTV Channels

Sling TV has launched two a la carte channels — Comedy Dynamics and DOGTV — that can be purchased with or without a base subscription at $5 each per month.

Comedy Dynamics features one of the largest independent stand-up comedy libraries in the country, according to Sling TV. It features such comedians as Bob Saget, Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish as well as shows such as “Coming to the Stage” and feature films such as Adventures in Comedy and Chee and T. Current customers can sample promotional titles available for free from Comedy Dynamics by going to “Sling Central” in the channel guide, and former customers can access the promotional titles on Roku devices by reopening their Sling TV app and viewing the “Free Shows from Premium Channels” ribbon on “My TV.”

DOGTV is a TV experience just for dogs. The veterinarian-recommended TV channel features programming designed to stimulate and comfort dogs. “DOGTV has been proven to support a dog’s natural behavior pattern and improve their well-being,” according to Sling TV. Categories are designed around a dog’s  mood, such as “Relaxation,” “Stimulation” and “Exposure.”

Comedy Dynamics and DOGTV join Sling’s library of individual channel offerings, which includes Showtime, CuriosityStream, Grokker, Stingray Karaoke, Docurama and NBA League Pass.

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ Due on Digital Oct. 16, Disc Oct. 30

The comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, arrives on digital Oct. 16 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD, and on demand Oct. 30 from Lionsgate.

The comedic action film earned $33.3 million in theaters.

In the film, Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Also starring in the film are Justin Theroux (The Girl on the Train, TV’s “The Leftovers”), Hasan Minhaj (TV’s “The Daily Show”) and Sam Heughan (TV’s “Outlander”).

Special features include deleted scenes, outtakes and four making-of featurettes. The 4K release includes Dolby Vision HDR. The release also features Dolby Atmos sound.

Comedy ‘Uncle Drew’ Due on Digital Sept. 11, Disc Sept. 25

The basketball comedy Uncle Drew arrives on digital Sept. 11 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD and on demand Sept. 25 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company.

Based on the Pepsi web series, the film tells the tale of a young team owner and Uncle Drew rounding up Drew’s old basketball squad to prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win. The film stars NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving (“Uncle Drew” Web Series); Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, TV’s “Friends of the People” and “The Carmichael Show”); four-time NBA champion and Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal (The LEGO MovieScary Movie 4); five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber (UnexpectedLike Mike); five-time NBA All-Star, Basketball Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold medalist Reggie Miller (He Got GameForget Paris); three-time NBA slam-dunk champion Nate Robinson (TV’s “Mike & Mike” and “Ridiculousness”); NAACP Award-winner Erica Ash (Scary Movie 5You Can’t Fight Christmas, TV’s “Survivor’s Remorse”); two-time WNBA champion, three-time WNBA MVP, four-time Olympic Gold Medal winner and Basketball Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie (Think Like a ManMartinInconceivable); Tiffany Haddish (Girls TripKeanu, TV’s “The Carmichael Show”); and Nick Kroll (Sausage PartySing, TV’s “The League”).

Special features on 4K, Blu-ray and digital include seven deleted scenes; three behind-the-scenes featurettes; an animated short; and an audio commentary with director Charles Stone III. Special features on the DVD include two behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Both the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and the standard Blu-ray disc will feature Dolby Atmos audio.

Netflix Partnering with SiriusXM for Comedy Radio

In a first for Netflix, the SVOD pioneer is joining SiriusXM to create a satellite radio-based comedy channel, dubbed “Netflix is a Joke Radio,” launching in early 2019.

The channel would be used largely as a marketing tool for Netflix’s expanding list of stand-up comedies – including this year’s “Chris Rock: Tamborine,” according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the move.

Netflix has a long history producing original stand-up specials, including most-recently with Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle. It also streams original comedy-themed shows with Michelle Wolf, Norm Macdonald, Joel McHale and David Letterman. Previous original comedy shows featured Aziz Ansari and Chelsea Handler.

“We look forward to creating one-of-a-kind exclusive original comedy programming with existing and new Netflix talent,” Scott Greenstein, chief content officer at SiriusXM, said in a statement.

‘Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas’ Available on Digital July 16 From HBO

“Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas,” a topical docu-series from comedian and writer Wyatt Cenac (“The Daily Show with John Stewart”), will be available for digital download July 16 from HBO Home Entertainment.

The show is the latest addition to HBO’s late-night slate, which also includes “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

Covering a wide-range of social and cultural issues, the show is divided into four segments: a top-of-show segment that breaks down an issue with an eye toward problem solving; a second comedic  segment that field tests solutions to social annoyances of daily life; a third segment consisting of a serialized “deep dive” into an issue to play out over the course of the season; and a wrap-up “call to action” that encourages the audience to keep the conversation going on social media.

Melissa McCarthy Comedy ‘Life of the Party’ Due on Digital July 24, Disc Aug. 7 from Warner

Life of the Party, starring Melissa McCarthy as a divorced mom who goes back to college, arrives on digital (including Movies Anywhere) July 24 and Blu-ray combo pack and DVD Aug. 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

On Aug. 7, Life of the Party will also be made available digitally on VOD services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into reset by going back to college, landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea.

The film also stars Gillian Jacobs (Don’t Think Twice, “Love,” “Community”), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Sisters), Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Matt Walsh (“Veep,” Ghostbusters), Molly Gordon (Love the Coopers, “Animal Kingdom”), Stephen Root (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, “Animal Kingdom”), Jessie Ennis (“Better Call Saul”), Adria Arjona (“True Detective,” “Emerald City”), Debby Ryan (“Jessie”) and Jimmy O. Yang (“Silicon Valley”). McCarthy and director Ben Falcone co-wrote the screenplay and produced through their production company On the Day Production.

Life of the Party will be available on Blu-ray combo pack at $35.99 (with DVD and digital) and DVD at $28.98.

Special features on the Blu-ray combo pack include “’80s Party,” “Mom Sandwich,” “ Line-O-Rama,” “Bill Hate-O-Rama,” a gag reel and deleted scenes. Special features on the DVD include “’80s Party.”

Universal to Release ‘Tully’ on Digital July 17, Disc July 31

Tully, starring Charlize Theron, will come out on digital July 17 and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and On Demand July 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the comedy from director Jason Reitman (JunoUp in the Air) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (JunoYoung Adult), Theron plays a mother of three who finds a savior in the form of a night nanny (Mackenzie Davis) with whom she develops a special connection. The film also stars Mark Duplass (Safety Not GuaranteedTogetherness”) and Ron Livingston (The End of the TourOffice Space).

Bonus features on Blu-ray, DVD and digital include “The Relationships of Tully” featurette, in which the filmmakers and cast unravel how the characters grow throughout the events of the film.

The film is also available digitally on Movies Anywhere.

From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Tully (PRNewsfoto/Universal Pictures Home Enterta)