Vizio Inks VOD Movie Deal With Lionsgate, Disney, Sony, Samuel Goldwyn

Consumer electronics manufacturer Vizio Dec. 1 announced a license deal with several Hollywood studios for the distribution of myriad catalog movies and TV shows across its ad-supported video-on-demand WatchFree+ streaming platform.

Irvine, Calif. – based Vizio will have access to movies from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (Daredevil, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Alien: Resurrection); Lionsgate (SouthpawThe Founder and Lion); Sony Pictures (Air Force OneTears of the Sun and Stealth); and Samuel Goldwyn (The Boondock Saints, The Lazarus Effect and The Woman in Black 2).

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The SmartCast platform will also be the exclusive connected TV platform for a limited release of season five of LOL Networks’ “Cold as Balls,” starring Kevin Hart as he challenges world class athletes to survive a hard-hitting, awkward interview while submerged in a bone-chilling locker room ice bath. Throughout November and December, episodes from season five will be released exclusively on WatchFree+.

Vizio rebooted the AVOD service in August 2021, offering 4,000 movies, TV shows, and exclusives to SmartCast audiences on demand from more than 17 content and studio partners.

“Today’s audiences want on demand movies and TV shows on their own terms,” Mike O’Donnell, chief revenue officer at Vizio, said in a statement. “With the evolution of on demand programming, SmartCast users can now browse through hundreds of shows and movies for free, and without any subscriptions or logins required.”

Samuel Goldwyn Studios Joins Allied Vaughn’s MOD Service

Samuel Goldwyn Studios has joined Allied Vaughn’s manufacture-on-demand disc service.

Among Samuel Goldwyn’s first wave of releases for MOD is the 2018 new-to-video Black Cop, available now on DVD. In the film, a police officer is pushed to the edge after being profiled and assaulted by his colleagues, setting him on a skewed mission of vengeance on the privileged in a satire about police, social media and racial tension. Directed by Cory Bowles, the film stars Ronnie Rowe Jr. (“Star Trek: Discovery”) and Sophia Walker.

Also available are The Kings Choice on Blu-ray, in which the Norwegian king faces the German war machine in 1940; Saint Ralph on DVD, starring Campbell Scott, Jennifer Tilly and Gordon Pinsent; Walk on Water on DVD; Raising Victor Vargas on DVD; and Boynton Beach Club on DVD, starring Brenda Vaccaro, Dyan Cannon and Joseph Bologna.