Cinedigm: The Dove Channel Tops 663,000 Paid Subscribers

The Dove Channel, Cinedigm’s first foray into the subscription streaming VOD market, topped 663,000 paid subscribers through February. The platform, which bowed in 2015 along with the documentary themed Docurama, and the fandom lifestyle network CONtv, has seen subscriber growth of 1,133% since February 2021.

This growth has been driven in part by wholesale distribution on platforms, including Amazon Prime Channels, The Roku Channel, Comcast Xfinity, Dish Network and YouTube TV.

In addition, Cinedigm’s free on-demand and linear versions of The Dove Channel have seen total monthly viewers growing to 5.4 million in February 2022, up 47% year over year. Ad-based viewership continues to accelerate, with monthly minutes streamed in FY Q4 22 increasing by 32% over the prior sequential quarter.

“Given the challenges of these trying times over the last few years, the appetite for uplifting, wholesome movies and shows that families can watch together has dramatically expanded,” Erick Opeka, chief strategy officer/president of Cinedigm Networks, said in a statement.

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Opeka said the The Dove Channel has become the company’s most successful subscription service and is among the top three of all ad-supported services in our portfolio.

“The enthusiastic responses from platforms, advertisers, and consumers reiterates the important position our service fills in America’s households,” he said.

Opeka said Cinedigm plans on ramping up investment in exclusive programming and new television series for the channel, which he said would be at the forefront of key initiatives to develop a direct ad sales channel and launch new fiction and non-fiction podcasts with the same wholesome perspective.

The Dove Channel will also leverage the 7,500-title library of Digital Media Rights, the streaming company Cinedigm acquired this week, as a source of substantial additional kids and family programming. Finally, the channel will also re-launch on Cinedigm’s new Matchpoint 2.0 app framework later this year and will also expand platform support across key leading platforms including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and more.

“We will devote our efforts to expanding Dove’s content and enhancing our technology offerings, in turn, driving considerably more revenue from both new subscribers as well as key, direct advertisers looking for a brand-safe environment,” Opeka said.

Cinedigm Launches Three Channels on Sling TV

Cinedigm has placed three of its channels on Sling TV: the family friendly Dove Channel, pop culture channel CONtv and documentary channel Docurama.

Docurama is a streaming service dedicated to bringing audiences acclaimed, cutting-edge documentaries. Popular titles include Anthony Bourdain: A Cook’s Tour, Beatles: How The Beatles Changed The World and Kobe: The Life of a Legend.

The Dove Channel is a source for family friendly content, feature films and television titles suitable for all audiences. It features comedy classics such as “The Little Rascals,” young adult series “H20: Just Add Water” and “Dance Academy,” and faith favorites such as The Ultimate Gift.

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CONtv: carries a diverse range of film and television series focusing on the action/thriller, horror, anime and sci-fi/fantasy genres, including films featuring superstars such as Milo Gibson and Peter Facinelli (Gangster Land) and anime classics such as “Yu-Gi-Oh!”

Sling TV delivers live and on-demand television to compatible internet-connected devices through monthly subscriptions starting at $35 per month. Through its genre-based “Extras,” customers can pick their personal channel lineup.

“Since its inception, Sling TV has been at the forefront of live TV streaming,” Jennifer Soltesz, VP of business development and strategy at Cinedigm, said in a statement. “Working with Sling TV not only allows us to reach a diverse, new audience, but it gives us a partner with the same forward-thinking drive. We can’t wait to show these new customers the amazing networks Cinedigm has to offer.”