AVOD Streamer DistroTV to Debut Original Feature Film ‘Escandalo Secreto’

DistroTV Feb. 1 claimed it would be the first free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) platform to debut an original feature film with the Spanish-language comedy Escándalo Secreto: En Plena Cuarentena (Secret Scandal: In Quarantine).

The comedy, directed and written by Jorge Cano, begins streaming on DistroTV Feb. 25. This marks the latest installment in DistroTV’s new, free-to-stream DistroTV Español channel bundle and comes on the heels of DistroTV’s recent expansion of its global distribution footprint, which now includes Latin American audiences.

The movie, set in Bogata, Columbia, bows on DistroTV Español, and will be available to all DistroTV audiences globally, including 17 countries in Latin America and in the U.S. The comedy’s cast includes Alejandro Gutierrez, Danny Trejo, Ninel Conde, Lina Castrillon, Platanito, Nanis Ochoa, Armando Hernandez, Lorena Herrera, Reykon, Margarita Reyes, Alexander Ospina, Valentina Lizcano, Nitzia Chama, Ricardo Hill, Isabella Santiago and Pancho Moler.

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DistroTV’s 200+ channel library includes a mix of films and television shows, such Bloomberg, EuroNews, People TV, Magellan TV and TD Ameritrade network, as well as independent channels like Black Enterprise, as well as Kweli TV, which spotlights the history and global diversity of the Black community; and DistroTV Desi, its free-to-stream South Asian channel bundle.

Ad-Supported DistroTV Adds Bloomberg News Content

Free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) platform DistroTV April 14 announced the addition of Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Quicktake to its platform of more than 150 channels roster to viewers in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

“Bloomberg Media is known for featuring independent voices who equip viewers with the news and analysis necessary to have an informed take on the latest in finance, technology, culture and politics,” Navdeep Saini, founder/CEO of DistroScale, parent company to DistroTV, said in a statement. 

Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Quicktake are two global networks from a newsroom of 2,700 journalists and analysts in 120 countries. Bloomberg TV delivers global financial news and market-moving analysis with shows such as Bloomberg Surveillance and Wall Street Week. Bloomberg Quicktake is a global streaming and social video network for a new generation of leaders and professionals, covering the biggest stories across business, technology, climate, culture, politics, society and personal finance. 

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“The addition of Bloomberg on DistroTV extends our reach to new audiences … on streaming,” said M. Scott Havens, chief growth officer and global head of strategic partnerships for Bloomberg Media. 

Since its launch in 2019, DistroTV has seen rapid user growth, with viewership quadrupling in the last six months and total watch time up more than 800%. 

Other content channels include Magnolia Pictures — CineLife, Euro News, Reelz, Law&Crime, Qello Concerts by Stingray, Magellan TV, People TV and TD Ameritrade, among others. Independent channels include Kweli TV, which spotlights the history and global diversity of the Black community; Canela TV, featuring Spanish programming; Latido Music, the leading channel for Latin music; BritAsia Live for British Asians around the globe; Filmeraa, short-form movies and television in Indian and Korean; Venus TV, which features Bollywood movies and culture.

Magnolia Pictures Expands AVOD Presence

Magnolia Pictures, the indie theatrical/home entertainment distributor, along with its sister company Spotlight Cinema Networks, is expanding availability of CineLife, the upstart linear streaming channel in combination with its AVOD library.

Magnolia is working DistroTV, a free advertising-supported streaming TV (FAST) service with more than 150 channels. The platform will offer CineLife and its eclectic set of film and TV content. DistroTV is available across Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and on iOS and Android devices.

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With the addition of the CineLife content, DistroTV viewers have access to films such as BAFTA Award winning and Academy Award nominated I Am Not Your Negro; Academy Award winner I Am Love, starring Academy Award and BAFTA winner Tilda Swinton; the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated A Royal Affair, starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen; Two Lovers, starring Oscar winners Joaquin Phoenix and Gwenyth Paltrow; and Night Catches Us, starring Anthony Mackie. Additional titles streaming on CineLife include Deadfall, Hammer of the Gods, I Saw the Devil, and Melancholia and Mother, among others.

Eight Cinedigm Networks Coming to Free OTT Service DistroTV

Cinedigm is partnering with global OTT streaming service DistroTV to bring eight of its networks to the free platform’s programming roster this month.

They include the fanspace-based outlet CONtv and CONtv Anime, the family-focused Dove Channel, and the fact-based Docurama, as well as Chinese pop culture channel Bambu, stand-up special supplier Comedy Dynamics, combat sports hub Combat Go, and global Asian pop culture community HallyPop.

DistroTV offers a diverse range of programming options covering sports, news, entertainment, travel, film, television, fashion, fitness, music and more in live, linear and on-demand formats. DistroTV is available for free on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices.

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“As one of the first major partners of the DistroTV streaming service, Cinedigm is once again breaking new ground — expanding our distribution footprint event further with the launch of eight of our most popular networks on the growing entertainment platform,” said Tony Huidor, Cinedigm’s GM of digital networks, in a statement. “DistroTV and Cinedigm share a similar vision of redefining the traditional television experience and putting the power back in the hands of the user. This agreement plays an integral role in our mission to deliver our unique channels and programming to viewers all across the globe, opening up our eclectic offerings to a whole new audience. We look forward to supplying DistroTV with more of the same top-quality content that our networks are known for.”

“We are thrilled to team with Cinedigm and to deliver their exciting suite of channels.” said Navdeep Saini, CEO and founder of DistroTV parent company DistroScale, in a statement. “The quality and variety of their content fits perfectly with our global free streaming platform DistroTV.”

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