German AVOD Provider to Carry Comedy Dynamics Stand-Up Shows

German AVOD provider rlaxx TV on Feb. 11 announced it is bringing the award-winning comedy catalog from Comedy Dynamics to the popular streaming service.

Through its advertisement-based business model, rlaxx TV can offer its services free of charge to viewers. Comedy Dynamics’ catalog of stand-up comedy is accessible on smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV devices and Android TV. Content by Comedy Dynamics is available on the rlaxx TV app and is powered by Cinedigm’s proprietary Matchpoint Blueprint, a highly-scalable app development platform for OTT services. 

The partnership will make premium content from Comedy Dynamics available to rlaxx TV’s international audience. Additionally, the presentation of contents in curated special-interest channels enables an extremely precise addressing of the respective target group.  rlaxx TV is currently available on smart TVs from the following manufacturers: Panasonic, Blaupunkt, Hisense, Hitachi, JVC, Medion, Metz, Sharp, Telefunken, Toshiba and Vestel, as well as Amazon Fire devices and Android TV.

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The service currently is available on about 50% of all smart TVs in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the United Kingdom, representing approx. By mid-2021, rlaxx TV plans to be available on all OTT devices such as smart TVs (LGE, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony), media streamers (Google Chromecast, Roku), smartphones (Android, iOS), game consoles (X-Box, Playstation) and all standard internet browsers. Additionally, expansions into other international markets are planned. 

“We’re excited to have our catalog on rlaxx TV, because it moves us closer to our goal of offering top-tier stand-up comedy anytime, anywhere,” said Brian Volk-Weiss, founder and CEO of Comedy Dynamics.

Cinedigm App Development Platform Now Linked to Roku

Cinedigm Feb. 24 announced an expanded third-party app development support for the Roku platform via its “Matchpoint Blueprint” software. The cross-platform framework enables content owners to launch feature-rich OTT video streaming apps for The Roku Channel, Roku TVs and other Smart TVs.

Cinedigm claims its app platform enables developers — in weeks, not months — fully integrated billing, configurable content menus, custom watch lists, in-app notifications and alerts, machine learning-based recommendations, single sign-on (SSO), DRM, ad support, and advanced analytics reporting, among other features.

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In addition to the Roku devices, “Matchpoint Blueprint” is compatible on iOS and Android devices — allowing developers to stream content directly from their phones using the platform’s Chromecast capabilities.

“Roku users have responded warmly to our eclectic content in the past, and we are excited to provide them with another intuitive premium offering that will help them create high-quality apps of their own,” Tony Huidor, GM, digital networks with Cinedigm, said in a statement.

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GM Aspiring creators and seasoned professionals alike will benefit tremendously from all that the user-friendly Blueprint Plus app offers — making what was once a long, expensive, and often arduous process significantly easier and more cost-effective, and allowing them to bring their unique visions fully to life as they get their creations out and to consumers in far less time than on similar template apps.”