FilmRise has just released the complete original series of “Roseanne” on its ad-supported streaming network.
The series, starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, is available to stream for free across FilmRise apps, including on the Roku and Xbox platforms. The company will soon launch “Roseanne” on FilmRise apps across additional platforms, connected TVs, and mobile devices.
ABC recently re-booted the Emmy award-winning sitcom featuring many of the original cast members to strong ratings.
During the original run that aired from 1988 to 1997, “Roseanne” reached No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings, at one point becoming the most watched television show in the United States. The show remained in the top 4 rated shows for six of its nin seasons. Its finale attracted 16 million viewers.
“We are thrilled to offer fans of this unique series an opportunity to watch all of the original ‘Roseanne’ seasons for free on FilmRise ad-supported platforms,” said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, in a statement. “The original ‘Roseanne’ broke social barriers and connected with millions of viewers, and we are excited to bring this iconic show to the FilmRise streaming network.”
FilmRise licensed the show from Carsey-Werner Television Distribution.
Illegal movie streaming service 123Movies.to announced it is suspending operations.
The three-year-old platform, which also operated under the banner “GoMovies,” among other identities, made the announcement on its homepage. No reason for the shutdown was given.
“We’ve been providing links to movies and [TV] shows for years. Now it’s time to say goodbye. Thank you for being our friends and thanks for staying with us that long.”
The Vietnam-based service – dubbed by the Motion Picture Association of America as the “world’s most popular illegal site” – claimed 98 million visitors monthly.
Rival Pirate Bay claims monthly visitors of more than 280 million.
Regardless, the announcement followed a recent visit by Jan Van Voorn, chief of global content protection with the MPAA, to the communist country where he reportedly worked with the Office of the Police Investigation Agency to fight piracy.
Apparently 123Movies felt the heat. It urged visitors going forward to pay for movies and TV shows.
“That’s what we should do to show our respect to people behind the movies/shows,” read the message.
Roku March 20 announced that The Roku Channel app is expected to be available this summer on select Samsung smart TVs.
Launched late last year, The Roku Channel offers users free access to hundreds of ad-supported catalog movies and TV shows from content partners.
There are no subscriptions, fees or logins required to access The Roku Channel. It is ad-supported and features approximately half the advertising per programming hour as compared to traditional linear TV.
“The Roku Channel has been a tremendous success,” Scott Rosenberg, GM of platform business at Roku, said in a statement. “By broadening our distribution of this app to other viewing platforms … we are able to engage millions more consumers.”
CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution will release Gunsmoke: The Thirteenth Season, Volumes One and Two on DVD May 22, and Jericho: The Complete Series and The Invaders: The Complete Series on DVD June 5.
Gunsmoke: The Thirteenth Season, Volume One and Volume Two, starring Emmy Award nominee James Arness as the legendary Marshal Matt Dillon, follows Dillion as he corrals dangerous outlaws and deals with problems of the Wild West: epic gunfights, brawls, cold-blooded murderers and bank robbers. The set feature 26 full-color episodes from the 1967-1968 season, alongside original episodic trailers.
Jericho: The Complete Series is a drama about what happens when a nuclear mushroom cloud suddenly appears on the horizon, plunging the residents of a small Kansas town into chaos, leaving them completely isolated and wondering if they’re the only Americans left alive.
In The Invaders: The Complete Series, architect David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) has stumbled upon the secret that aliens from a doomed planet are infiltrating the Earth. After witnessing their spaceship land, Vincent tries to warn the authorities, who believe he’s crazy or have already been compromised by the Invaders, who take on human form. The set features all 43 episodes of the original series, plus special features and commentary by the series creator.
FilmRise has launched several classic Carsey-Werner TV shows on its ad-supported Roku streaming channel, including the “3rd Rock From the Sun.”
The FilmRise channel ranks at No. 15 among top free channels on the platform, according to a release from the company. The channel generates more than 300 million monthly ad impressions and reaches nearly 20 million users who can watch movies and TV on demand for free, according to the release.
FilmRise will soon launch ad-supported channels on Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, Apple TV, and smart TVs such as Vizio, among other platforms, and is currently in development on iOS and Android for mobile viewing via worldwide apps.
Other Carsey-Werner sitcoms available on the Roku channel include “Cybill,” “Grace Under Fire” and “Grounded for Life.”
“FilmRise’s tremendous growth on Roku sheds light on the power of ad-supported free digital streaming,” said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise. “By bringing our vast library of quality content to viewers who don’t wish to pay a transactional or subscription fee, we’ve unlocked the potential to reach new and diverse audiences who want to experience the best in film and TV — including timeless TV series and iconic movies.”