Cinedigm’s Dove Channel Launches on Comcast Cable

Cinedigm Nov. 26 announced that its subscription video-on-demand service, Dove Channel, is now available similar to Netflix and YouTube via direct access on Comcast’s broadband-based Xfinity X1.

X1 subscribers can access Dove Channel’s library of family friendly movies, children’s programs, documentaries, and TV series, including new and noteworthy titles such as “A Christmas Kiss,” “1500 Steps,” and “Letters to God,” among others.

Xfinity X1 subscribers can access the service by saying “Dove Channel” into their X1 voice remote control or by finding it within the networks section of Xfinity on Demand. Dove Channel can be added to X1 customers’ service for $4.99 per month and included in the monthly cable bill.

Launched in September 2015, Dove Channel was created to offer programming, including children’s fare, that meets the content standards of The Dove Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment.

“Cinedigm is pleased to bring our top-tier family-focused content to X1 and to reach even more viewers from coast-to-coast,” Bill Sondheim, president of Cinedigm Entertainment Group, said in a statement. “Dove Channel offers unique values-based films and programs that are safe for the whole family and Xfinity X1 is the perfect home for this vast library of inspiring content.”

 

 

 

Cinedigm OTT Channels Launch on Tubi TV

Cinedigm Nov. 20 announced the launch of three of its three over-the-top video channels – Dove Channel, Docurama and CONtv – on ad-supported Tubi TV.

Martial arts network Combat Go – which features curated content selected by martial arts experts, featuring in-depth fight commentary and analysis, original docuseries, and martial arts movies – will follow at a later date.

Cinedigm said Tubi’s recommendation software will help users find personalized content discovery based on channel preference, and help viewers find new, relevant brands.

Users who prefer a certain brand’s content can then explore all of its titles and TV shows on each channel’s dedicated landing page. Viewers will be able to locate Cinedigm networks via the Tubi homepage and will have the ability to explore the extensive library of films, series, events, and original programming that each of Cinedigm’s digital-first channels have to offer.

“Cinedigm is proud to kick start our partnership with Tubi by bringing some of our most popular channels to the rapidly growing service,” Erick Opeka, president of digital networks at Cinedigm, said in a statement. “Tubi users will be able to enjoy all the exclusive content that only CONtv, Dove, Docurama, and Combat Go have to offer — from family-friendly favorites and insightful documentaries, to cult classics, hard-hitting sporting events, and everything in-between — available when and how they want it, conveniently located in one dynamic platform.”

 

Cinedigm Bowing Three OTT Channels on Xumo TV Platform

Cinedigm Oct. 9 announced the launch of CONtv, the family values-based Dove Channel, and the fact-focused Docurama on the free Xumo streaming television service.

CONtv launched today, with Dove Channel and Docurama’s launch slated for next month. Each channel will feature a VOD component, as well. The agreement makes Cinedigm’s OTT video channels available to more than 30 million households nationwide through Xumo’s smart TV integrations, mobile and Web apps.

Irvine, Calif.-based Xumo offers more than 140 digital channels of programming across 12 genres, including sports, news, kids and family entertainment. Content partnerships include CBSN, People TV, College Humor, and HISTORY, as well PGA Tour, among others.

Xumo viewers will be able to access on-demand titles from Cinedigm’s linear channels through the remote controls of select Vizio, LG, Hisense and Sharp smart TVs. The new programming will also be available across the Web and mobile devices, via the Xumo app for iOS and Android.

“The scope of [Xumo’s] reach is unprecedented, earning impressive viewer engagement ratings and providing promising investment opportunities with their soaring monetization levels,” Erick Opeka, EVP of Cinedigm digital networks, said in a statement.

Stefan Van Engen, SVP content partnerships and programming at Xumo, said the average time viewers spend on Xumo has increased nearly 10% over the past 90 days.

“Through this partnership [with Cinedigm], we’re able to stream thousands of hours of new premium entertainment featuring unique fandom-oriented programming and popular family-friendly content as well as informative documentary series — all of which will better serve our audience … for streaming entertainment.”

 

Cinedigm Acquires Streaming Rights to Canadian Drama ‘Heartland’

Cinedigm Sept. 26 announced the acquisition of Canadian family-friendly drama “Heartland.” The 10-season series will make its Dove Channel debut in October. Rights to the show were acquired from international distributor Kew Media Distribution.

Dove Channel is one of Cinedigm’s nine over-the-top video channels. In addition to Dove, the company operates martial arts network Combat Go; factual network Docurama; fandom lifestyle network CONtv; eSports lifestyle network Wham; Asian music and pop culture network Hallypop; a Chinese entertainment channel; and the family-focused Dove Kids.

Based on Lauren Brooke’s book series of the same name, “Heartland” follows Amy Fleming and her estranged sister Lou, who are suddenly reunited when their mother’s sudden death forces Lou to leave behind her relationship and career in New York City for the rigors of Heartland Ranch. Together, with their grandfather, Jack Bartlett, and loyal ranch hand Ty Borden, Amy and Lou work to adapt to their new circumstances and rebuild their relationship while dealing with the trials and tribulations of life on the ranch.

The series stars Amber Marshall, Michelle Morgan, Graham Wardle, and Shaun Johnston, and features notable guest appearances by “Arrow” star Stephen Amell and Katharine Isabelle (“Hannibal”), as well as Beau Mirchoff (“Awkward”), Keegan Connor Tracy (“Once Upon A Time”), Benjamin Hollingsworth (“Code Black”), and Kari Matchett (“Covert Affairs”), among others. The series is the longest-running 60-minute scripted drama in Canadian television history.

“For more than a decade, ‘Heartland’ has stood as one of Canada’s most popular television series of all time — resonating with viewers for its powerful storylines and realistic characters,” Erick Opeka, EVP of digital networks at Cinedigm, said in a statement.

Dove Channel was launched in 2015 catering to family-friendly content, offering viewers safe programming options and full access to a library of values-based movies, children’s programs, documentaries, and series in the streaming marketplace. Content featured on the Dove Channel is approved by The Dove Foundation and its Faith & Family Dove Seals of Approval.

Cinedigm Narrows Q1 Loss, Ups DVD/Blu-ray Disc Billing 65%

Home entertainment distributor Cinedigm Aug. 14 announced a first-quarter (ended June 30) net loss of $3.4 million, down 35% from a net loss of $5.2 million during the previous-year period. Revenue declined 14% to $13.1 million from $15.2 million during the previous-year period.

The revenue decrease was partially offset by a 9% increase in content and entertainment revenue, which includes sales of packaged media such as DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Cinedigm Entertainment Group closed a multi-year, multi-title distribution agreement with Nelvana, a Canadian animation company and global producer of children’s content. The agreement includes DVD and transactional VOD content rights to more than 3,000 television episodes featuring worldwide brands such as Franklin, Babar and Beyblade.

Indeed, DVD/Blu-ray Disc billings increased 65% in the quarter from the previous-year period, while digital billings increased 30%. Total over-the top video revenue (which includes Docurama, Dove Channel and CONtv) reached $2.2 million on 91,000 subscribers – the latter up 7% from last year.

“Despite the first fiscal quarter being a seasonally slow period for our business, our results clearly illustrate the progress we are making in the transformation of our business,” CFO Jeffrey Edell said in a statement.

CEO Chris McGurk said the company made three industry presentations at the Beijing Film Festival, in addition to announcing six new entertainment partnerships.

Cinedigm is majority owned by Bison Capital, a Chinese owned and Hong Kong-based investment company focusing on media and entertainment, healthcare and financial service industries.

“We made significant progress in our streaming OTT segment, where we generate sales through four revenue streams: subscription fees, advertising, servicing retainers and content distribution fees,” said McGurk. “We are encouraged by our progress as we continue to lead the way in this huge, fast-growing, high margin segment with a differentiated OTT business model.”

 

Cinedigm Inches Toward First Quarterly Profit

After myriad quarters of fiscal losses, home entertainment distributor and over-the-top video operator Cinedigm reported its first quarterly profit.

The distributor generated first-quarter (ended March 31) income of $46,000 on revenue of $17.6 million. That compared to a loss of $9.6 million and revenue of $19.5 million during the previous-year period.

Cinedigm said its content and entertainment business unit – which includes packaged media – decreased revenue 12% to $31.1 million from $34.2 million in fiscal 2018 during the previous-year period.

The company said the revenue decline was due to lower overall sales volumes for physical product and a change in the mix of content sold.

“Our traditional DVD and Blu-ray Disc business continues to be negatively impacted by changing consumer behaviors and digital market shift to more original productions has lowered demand for third party content,” Cinedigm said in a regulatory filing. “Our product mix has also shifted significantly toward licensed content in the current year.”

The decline in physical product sales was partially offset by a $700,000 increase in sales related to OTT channels (Dove Channel, Docurama and CONtv) and a slight increase in distribution related revenue.

“We plan on [OTT] becoming the biggest revenue contributor for the company, and [it] increased last year by 23% in aggregate, led by a 36% increase in OTT channel,” CFO Jeffrey Edell said on the fiscal call.

Meanwhile, net loss for the fiscal year increased 21.7% to $18.5 million from $15.5 million during the previous-year period. Revenue dropped 25% to $67.6 million from $90.3 million.

 

Cinedigm Bowing Female-Centric SVOD Service

Cinedigm is launching what it claims is the first-ever women’s lifestyle subscription video-on-demand service (SVOD). The platform is expected to launch in the fourth quarter with distribution plans for Web and mobile, including both iOS and Android platforms.

Cinedigm is partnering with Gatherer Entertainment, an entertainment hub dedicated to providing women in the 35-54 demo with curated content.

The channel will offer one-stop-shop of content touching all aspects of a woman’s life, with topics ranging from news, beauty and fashion, to midlife women’s health and wellness tips, food, wine and cooking profiles, financial insights and planning, crafty DIY, technology updates, travel expeditions, and everything in between.

Original scripted content will feature episodes with breaks perfectly suited to fit viewers’ fast-paced lifestyles, while unscripted series will present news and information uninterrupted in two-minute formats, hosted by reliable, experienced, relatable women.

Launched by CEO Jenna Segal in 2017, Gatherer Entertainment spent a year researching viewing patterns and listening to women discuss how, where and when they watch video content. With increasingly busy schedules, balancing lives both at home and in the workplace, women 35+ are leading the OTT charge, eschewing cable and satellite in favor of regularly streaming their favorite shows, according to Cinedigm.

Segal’s credits include producing Broadway show GIGI and off- Broadway production, What We’re Up Against, as well as Web series, “Black Dynamite,” and “Lady Parts.” Segal previously served as director of production management at Viacom, working with MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and Nicktoons.

Gatherer’s management team also includes co-founder and CMO Heidi Packer Eskenazi, founder of boutique firm HAP Consulting; and head of strategy and operations, Eric Sherman.

“Jenna and Heidi are smart, passionate leaders with a fantastic vision for building a content-centric community, and we look forward to helping them bring it to fruition,” Erick Opeka, EVP of Cinedigm Networks, said in a statement.

This latest OTT venture marks Cinedigm’s ninth video channel. The home entertainment distributor currently operates martial arts platform Combat Go, Docurama, CONtv, eSports lifestyle network WHAM, Asian music and pop culture service, HallyPop, a Chinese entertainment channel, and family-focused Dove Channel and DoveKids.

 

Cinedigm Adds Dove Channel to Vizio Smart TVs

In a significant move, Cinedigm Feb. 14 announced it has licensed the Dove Channel, its digital-first family network, to select Vizio SmartCast and Vizio Internet Apps Plus devices.

Vizio television and related CE device users will now be able to access the Dove Channel app, which includes hundreds of hours of ad-supported programming.

In addition to subscription content, the Dove Channel encompasses three free, ad-supported, 24/7 linear networks offering a wide-array of entertainment.

The networks include DoveNow, which features movies and shows, DoveKids, which grants access to children’s animation and series programming, and Newsy, a 24/7 news and information network.

Vizio SmartCast users can also access Dove programming via the Vizio SmartCast Mobile app, which is free for iOS and Android users.

Vizio  Internet Apps Plus users can access the Dove Channel by selecting the app from the gallery on their Vizio TV.

“We are particularly excited to see the app available on Vizio [devices],” Erick Opeka, EVP of Cinedigm Networks, said in a statement. “This additional availability of the Dove Channel means more consumers will have access to our premium subscription offerings.”

 

Cinedigm Distributing OTT Channels on Vewd

Cinedigm Jan. 9 announced it will distribute subscription streaming channels (Dove Channel, CONtv, Docurama) through the Vewd App Store.

Vewd is OTT software with an install base of over 200 million devices, featuring over 1,500 entertaining apps optimized for Smart TVs, Blu-ray Disc players and set-top boxes from Samsung, Sony, Verizon and TiVo, among others.

To date, values-based Dove Channel, Comic-Con-themed CONtv and documentary-based Docurama have over 2.5 Million App downloads.

“Vewd’s extensive global footprint with dozens of key manufacturers helps us reach millions of devices quickly, efficiently, and easily,” Erick Opeka, EVP and GM of Cinedigm Networks, said in a statement.

The deal comes as Los Angeles-based Cinedigm expanded OTT offerings to Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast and Android TV.

These developments will expand the reach of Cinedigm channels to more than 320 million potential consumers in key OTT markets worldwide.

“Cinedigm has tailored their content to different audiences, introducing unique channels that focus on the strengths of their catalog. Together, we can bring significant scale and reach to these channels on a global basis,” said Daniel Nordberg, SVP of partnerships at Vewd.