Shout! Factory TV Slates Week of ‘Ferocious Fish Flicks’

Shout! Factory TV, indie home entertainment distributor Shout! Factory’s streaming service, in August will stream “a daily double feature of fan-favorite ferocious fish flicks,” according to a July 31 announcement.
The marathon features cult classics such as Barracuda, Demon of Paradise and Creature From the Haunted Sea. It kicks off Sunday, Aug. 9, and continues daily through Saturday, Aug. 15, on the Shout! Factory TV live streaming channel, Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Android apps; and the following digital streaming platforms: Twitch, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity, Xumo, Vizio, Redbox, IMDb TV and STIRR.
The complete schedule:
Aug. 9:
  • Demon of Paradise — Fishing with dynamite in Hawaii drives a lizard-man out of the water to terrorize people.
  • Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Monstroid — When a small Colombian village is viciously attacked by a creature from a nearby lake, a corrupt chemical company sends a specialist (Jim Mitchum) to destroy the beast and cover up their involvement with its creation.
Aug. 10:
  • Devil Fish — When Dr. Stella Dickens concludes the recent string of grisly deaths and demolished boats can’t be the result of any known marine creature, she sets out to capture the beast, a genetically created bioweapon that must be kept secret … at any cost.
  • The Blood Waters of Dr. Z — Seeking revenge against those responsible for stripping him of his tenure and the denial of human research subjects, Dr. Z mutates himself into a hideous half-human-half-fish-like creature!
Aug. 11:
  • Piranha (1995) — A government tank containing genetically engineered piranha is unwittingly emptied into a river that flows past a resort area.
  • Barracuda — A little coastal town is being terrorized by deadly barracudas.
Aug. 12:
  • Killer Fish: Deadly Treasure of Piranha — Jewel thieves attempt to recover treasure from piranha infested waters.
  • Lords of the Deep — America’s first self-contained undersea laboratory is the pride of the nation, and expectations are high for an elaborate undersea mining operation. What wasn’t expected was the inhabitants of an undiscovered world.
Aug. 13:
  • Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Monstroid
  • Creature from the Haunted Sea — A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn’t know is that the creature is real.
Aug. 14:
  • Piranhaconda — Two piranha/anaconda hybrid creatures hunt down the scientist who stole their egg and a film crew; making a slasher film in the jungle.
Terror Beneath the Sea — While covering a test of guided torpedoes, two reporters believe they saw what appeared to be a strange-looking swimming creature. They investigate the matter further and discover that there is a race of fish-men living under the sea. The fish-men capture the pair and keep them prisoner in their underwater city.
Aug. 15
Sharktopus v. Pteracuda — An American scientist creates a half-pterodactyl, half-barracuda creature, Pteracuda, which inevitably escapes, leaving the Sharktopus to stop it.
Sharktopus v. Whalewolf — When a mad scientist mixes the genes of a killer whale and a wolf, it creates the Whalewolf, and it’s up to Sharktopus to stop it.
The films featured in Killer Fish Week are also available to watch on demand via Shout! Factory TV. 

Shout! Announces Complete Series of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ Will Be Available for Streaming June 1

All 11 seasons of “The Carol Burnett Show” will be available June 1 for viewing on streaming platforms from Shout! Factory TV.

On May 30 and May 31, Shout! Factory TV will kick things off by celebrating the release with a weekend-long marathon.

“The Carol Burnett Show” will be available for streaming-on-demand across Shout! Factory TV platforms, on ShoutFactoryTV.com; Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps; and on various Shout! Factory TV-branded channels, including Tubi, Amazon Prime Channels, and the Roku Channel.

Many of the episodes included in the streaming release will be available to watch for the first time since the original broadcast more than 40 years ago. The comedy legend, who turned 87 on April 26, worked with Shout! Factory to find the long-lost masters of these episodes.

Shout! Factory TV will celebrate the streaming launch by hosting “The Carol Burnett Show” marathon, which will be streaming curated episodes of the classic show all weekend long on May 30 and May 31. The marathon can be viewed on ShoutFactoryTV.com; Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps; and the following digital streaming platforms: Twitch, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity, Xumo, YouTube, Redbox, Vizio, Pluto TV, IMDb, and STIRR. Viewers will also be able to chat live on Shout! Factory TV’s Twitch channel and the Shout! Factory YouTube channel, and answer trivia questions on Twitter @ShoutFactoryTV.

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Burnett and her cast of Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman and Lyle Waggoner were among the originators of the sketch comedy format. Cited as one of the best TV shows of all time by TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Rolling Stone and others, “The Carol Burnett Show” ended its 11-year run three years after “Saturday Night Live” started in 1975.

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Over 11 seasons, “The Carol Burnett Show” featured a who’s-who of stars from film, TV and music, including Betty White, Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, Lucille Ball, George Carlin, Cher, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Roddy McDowall, The Smothers Brothers, Bernadette Peters, Sammy Davis, Jr., Lily Tomlin, Bing Crosby, Ken Berry, Madeline Kahn, Steve Lawrence and Jim Nabors, among others.

Shout! Factory TV to Screen Films, TV Shows Starring ‘Singing Cowboy’ Gene Autry

Shout! Factory TV has announced the launch of the Gene Autry film and television library, which will be available for streaming on the site on May 1.

Autry, who died in 1998, is the fabled “singing cowboy” known for his performances on radio, in films, and on television for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s.

He was also one of a key pioneers in the history of country music, alongside such greats as Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills. His “singing cowboy” films introduced country music to a national audience through such hits as “Back in the Saddle Again,” his signature song.

Autry also sang such holiday classics as “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

The Gene Autry film and TV archive will be available for streaming on demand across all Shout! Factory TV platforms; Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps; and on various Shout! Factory TV branded channels including Tubi, Amazon Prime Video Direct, Amazon Channels, and the Roku Channel.

Shout! Factory TV has worked closely with Gene Autry Entertainment to curate monthly releases of Autry content from the late actor and singer’s personal archive.

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The inaugural month’s collection will see the streaming debut of fully restored feature films South of the Border, Gaucho Serenade, Melody Ranch, The Strawberry Roan and Blue Canadian Rockies.

Coming June 1 will be Public Cowboy No. 1, In Old Monterey, Rovin’ Tumbleweeds, Ridin’ on a Rainbow and Sioux City Sue.

Additionally, on the last Wednesday of every month, Gene Autry films will stream on Shout! Factory TV’s linear channel.

Shout! Factory TV to Start Streaming ‘Johnny Carson’ Episodes

The first collection of episodes from “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” will start streaming April 1 on Shout! Factory TV.

The streaming service will bundle episodes into such groups “The Best of Carnac the Magnificent,” “The Best of George Carlin” and “Animal Antics With Joan Embery and Jim Fowler.”

Episodes will be available for streaming on demand across across Shout! Factory TV platforms, on ShoutFactoryTV.com and through Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Android apps.

“The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” ran for 30 years, with more than 5,000 episodes, and is credited by critics with creating the blueprint for every television host today. Carson was known for his Carmac the Magnificent sketches and interviews with guests from all walks of life — from politicians to popular authors, film and television stars.

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Carson’s show was also the first to regularly feature up-and-coming stand-up comedians, and getting a shot on the show was considered an amazing opportunity. Ellen DeGeneres, Louie Anderson, David Letterman and Drew Carey are among the many comedians who cite their “Tonight Show” appearances as crucial to their careers.

Shout! Factory TV has worked with the Carson Entertainment Group to curate standout episodes which will be grouped thematically.

Upcoming sets include “Comic Legends of the ’60s,” featuring Carl Reiner, Bob Newhart and Mel Brooks; “Hollywood Icons of the ’70s,” featuring Burt Reynolds, Goldie Hawn and Michael Caine; and others still to be announced.

Shout! Factory March 17 Launches Streaming Channel TokuSHOUTsu on Pluto TV

Shout! Factory TV March 17 will launch a new linear streaming channel, TokuSHOUTsu, on AVOD service Pluto TV.

The 24/7 channel explores the world of tokusatsu — the Japanese entertainment genre known for its unique special effects and epic battles. Appearing on Channel 681 in the Tech + Geek section, TokuSHOUTsu presents tokusatsu content not available on any leading streaming service, curated especially for fans of the genre, according to Shout!.

Free to Pluto TV’s 22+ million monthly active users, the ad-supported TokuSHOUTsu will be home to the U.S. debut of the cult classic “Kamen Rider,” debuting with the inaugural 98-episode series from 1971. TokuSHOUTsu will also launch with “Ultraman Leo,” as well as “Super Sentai,” the series that ultimately led to the “Power Rangers” phenomenon.

Pluto TV is available on all leading digital streaming devices and services, including Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Google Chromecast, as well as major smart TVs and game consoles. For viewers looking to stream content on demand, “Kamen Rider,” “Ultraman Leo” and “Super Sentai” will also be available on Shout! Factory TV.

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“We’re so proud to launch TokuSHOUTsu as the ultimate destination for fans to watch the best tokusatsu content spanning more than 60 years,” said Gene Pao, Shout! Factory’s SVP, digital enterprises, in a statement. “We know fans have come to appreciate the carefully curated content that Shout! Factory distributes, and we’ve created this channel with the legions of tokusatsu enthusiasts in mind. We’re thrilled to add it to our umbrella of fan-centric streaming options.”

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“’Kamen Rider’ is the number one kids’ program in Japan, and is still beloved after all these years,” said Shin-ichiro Shirakura, producer of the series. “We are so excited that the show will finally be available for all of our fans in North America.”

TokuSHOUTsu also will feature original content, including “Let’s Talk Toku,” a new, original weekly talk show produced by and for tokusatsu fans and hosted by genre expert Squall Charlson.

TiVo Adds Content Partners to Streaming Video Service

TiVo Jan. 8 formally announced an additional 23 new content partners for its ad-supported TiVo+ video network. The new channels join the current lineup of 26 streaming channels available to TiVo customers.

New content partners include USA Today, Cheddar, Top Stories by Newsy, Sportswire and MMA Junkie. Lifestyle channels include Condé Nast, Tastemade, Latido Music, Mobcrush and Revry.

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The Condé Nast partnership will bring programming from Glamour, Bon Appetit, Traveler, GQ and Wired, while the Tastemade partnership will bring Food, Travel and Home Design programming.

The comedy genre will expand to include “Funny or Die” and “The Chive”. TiVo+ Kids, movies and TV categories will now include “Mr. Bean & Friends,” “Kabillion,” “Law & Crime,” “American Classics,” “OMG! Network” and “Reel Truth.”

TiVo+ is attempting to join a growing ad-supported VOD market that includes The Roku Channel, Amazon’s IMDb TV, Pluto TV, Tubi, Shout! Factory TV and Crackle, among others.

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“In a world where people have more entertainment subscriptions than they can count on one hand, TiVo is working to bring everything together in one place for viewers,” CEO Dave Shull said in a statement.

 

AVOD: Quiet Before the Storm

With the crush of new subscription streaming VOD services entering 2020, new data from Ampere Analysis suggests ad-supported VOD, or AVOD, will build scale and roll-out internationally this year.

While AVOD use within the United States remains small compared to SVOD (from 3% to 6% of domestic online households), London-based Ampere believes this to be merely the quiet before the storm.

Major AVOD players include Pluto TV, Tubi, Crackle, Vudu, IMDb TV, Roku TV, Xumo TV, Shout! Factory TV and pending Peacock from NBC Universal, which will also be SVOD, among others.

Specifically, the researcher contends AVOD is filling the niche previously targeted by SVOD: catalog content. As SVOD services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu migrate toward original programming, AVOD streams older content for free — with advertising.

The proportion of Netflix’s catalog more than five years old fell from 50% in Sept. 2015 to 35% in Sept. 2019 — a trend that will continue across the sector. In the meantime, the long tail of older content has been embraced by the new AVOD services, who average nearly 80% of their catalog at five years old by title count, and in the case of Crackle, 70% of content is over 10 years old.

This demand for older content not only provides a new market for licensing deep archive, but also offers a boon for distributors and sales agents, according to Ampere.

“AVOD is coming, and it’s going to make its mark on the VOD landscape rapidly,” Guy Bisson, director at Ampere, said in a statement. “Its impact will be felt not just by the entertainment industry, but by advertising too as the shift that has already disrupted the subscription television market sweeps across the free-to-air sector.”

As advertisers rush to support AVOD, online video advertising will inevitably increase as the platforms spread globally in 2020. To date this form of advertising has remained relatively small — even in developed markets like the U.S. where 27.2% of online ad spend is on video, and in Canada where it’s just 5.85%.

Ampere expects the rush to AVOD to be supercharged by some of the studio direct models such as Disney’s Hulu and Peacock, which are expected to adopt a hybrid SVOD/AVOD model.

“AVOD services are treading a well-trodden path with an early reliance on older content, but as their market position grows, we can expect them to begin acquiring newer content and even moving into original production activity as they battle for eyeballs in an increasingly crowded market,” Bisson said.

Amazon Quashes Ad-Supported Video Streaming Service Rumor

Amazon Oct. 25 nixed media reports the ecommerce behemoth planned to launch a free streaming video service under its IMDb.com brand and accessible via the Amazon Fire TV streaming device.

“We have no plans to build an ad-supported Prime Video offering for free at this time,” Dave Fildes, head of investor relations, said on the fiscal call.

First reported earlier this month by CNBC, the over-the-top service reportedly would have offered catalog movies and TV shows – with advertisers getting access – for the first time to proprietary user data.

With Amazon spending $5 billion on original content for its Prime Video platform this year, and user data a coveted proprietary asset, the likelihood of an in-house competing video streaming service seemed farfetched.

Then again, ad-supported video streaming is the backbone of The Roku Channel, Hulu’s entry-level subscription plan, Sony Crackle and Shout! Factory TV, among others.

 

Vudu Inks Deal for MGM Original Programming

Walmart-owned Vudu.com reportedly signed a deal with MGM Studios for original content to be made available on the transactional VOD platform’s ad-supported “Movies on Us” service.

The deal includes exclusive North American access to original episodic series based on MGM intellectual property.

“We feel it will be a great source of family-friendly, advertiser-friendly content – which won’t be viewable anywhere else,” Scott Blanksteen, Vudu’s VP of product and ad-supported VOD, told Variety, which first reported the deal.

While media reports have suggested Walmart is dipping its toes into subscription video-on-demand distribution, Blanksteen said the MGM deal is not about SVOD, but rather ad-supported OTT video.

“I wouldn’t rule that out for the future, but there are no concrete plans or discussions for that now,” he said.

Launched in 2016, “Movies on Us” features a catalog of more than 7,000 catalog TV shows and movies free (with a Vudu account) to stream with commercials. Content providers include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, MGM and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

The platform mirrors a growing number of ad-supported OTT video services such as The Roku Channel, Shout! Factory TV and Sony Crackle.

Vudu, which offers more than 180,000 studio movies to buy and rent, is also testing targeted advertising and direct-to-consumer ecommerce.

With Walmart actively promoting ecommerce in an attempt to better compete with Amazon, Vudu is testing direct shopping links as well as product information requests.

“Walmart tends to be a crawl-walk-run company,” Blanksteen said. “We feel like we are driving in the direction of building a great, on-demand network.”

Amazon’s IMDb.com Launching Ad-Supported Streaming Video Service

Taking a page from Roku and Hulu, Amazon reportedly plans to launch a free streaming video service under its IMDb.com brand and accessible via the Amazon Fire TV streaming device.

The service, which could be launched as early as this week, would offer catalog movies and TV shows – with advertisers getting access – for the first time – to proprietary user data, according to CNBC.com, which cited multiple sources familiar with the situation.

The IMDb service would be separate from Amazon Prime Video and enable Amazon to expand its digital advertising market penetration – currently around 4%, according to eMarketer.com. The marketing service said Facebook and Google have a combined 57% market share in digital advertising.

Ad-supported video streaming is the backbone of The Roku Channel, Hulu’s entry-level subscription plan, Sony Crackle and Shout! Factory TV, among others.

The Roku Channel launched in 2017, is now the fifth-most popular service on the Roku platform, according to the Los Gatos, Calif.-based tech company, which helped Netflix bow a branded streaming media device in 2008.

“Our users are looking for great free content, and with the launch of The Roku Channel we are making it easy for them to find it,” said Rob Holmes, VP of programming at Roku.

Needham & Co. analyst Laura Martin in August valued The Roku Channel at around $1 billion – about 20% of Roku’s market cap.