Cinedigm Adds Combat Go and Wham to Ad-Supported Roku Channel

Cinedigm has added two more digital channels — the martial arts platform Combat Go by JungoTV and the esports network Wham — as linear offerings on the free, ad-supported Roku Channel.

Both channels also feature a VOD component, and join Cinedigm networks The Dove Channel, CONtv and Docurama, which launched in the Roku Channel Store in September.

The Roku Channel is a top five channel on the platform in active account reach, according to the Cinedigm release. Customers can access content via Roku devices, including Roku TV, as well as via the Web.

Combat Go is a partnership between Cinedigm and the global distribution company JungoTV. Created by JungoTV CEO George Chung, a five-time World Karate Champion and Inductee in the Black Belt Hall of Fame, Combat Go presents curated content selected by martial arts experts, featuring fight commentary and analysis, original docuseries and martial arts movies.

Created for gamers, Wham Network provides programming covering all aspects of the gaming industry from esports to casual gaming. The channel’s offerings include original series, top teams competing in esports tournaments, in-depth coverage of special gaming events, and updates on the latest in esports and gaming news.

“Cinedigm is proud to continue our partnership with Roku, as we bring Combat Go and Wham Network to one of the best-selling streaming devices on the market,” said Erick Opeka, president of Cinedigm Digital Networks. “Martial arts and esports have quickly emerged as two of the most popular sports in the world. Now, with the additions of Combat Go and Wham Network, Roku users will be able experience this global phenomenon first-hand, as they discover and enjoy a diverse range of hard-hitting martial arts action and in-depth esports programming carefully curated by the industry’s top experts.”

Cinedigm Video Gaming Streaming Service Lands on Pluto TV

Cinedigm Oct. 23 announced that its e-sports digital network, Wham, is now streaming on the online television service Pluto TV.

Launched in April, Wham covers all aspects of the gaming industry, from e-sports to casual gaming. The channel’s offerings include original series, teams competing in e-sports tournaments, and coverage of live special gaming events, as well as updates on the genre’s news.

“Pluto TV’s dynamic platform is the perfect complement to Cinedigm’s mission to redefine the traditional viewing experience,” Erick Opeka, president of digital networks at Cinedigm, said in a statement.

Pluto TV is an ad-supported online television service with more than 100 live and linear channels, in addition to movies and television series on-demand. As part of this deal, Pluto TV users will now be able to access Cinedigm content as linear networks across all streaming, mobile and web-based devices.

“We are excited to welcome Cinedigm, a veteran industry leader in digital entertainment, to Pluto TV,” said Amy Kuessner, SVP, content acquisitions, Pluto TV. “WHAM is the perfect addition to our channel lineup, as a trusted source and voice with an insider’s view and an exciting slate of programming looking at the fast-paced world of e-sports and gaming.”

 

Cinedigm Acquires Streaming Rights to Canadian Drama ‘Heartland’

Cinedigm Sept. 26 announced the acquisition of Canadian family-friendly drama “Heartland.” The 10-season series will make its Dove Channel debut in October. Rights to the show were acquired from international distributor Kew Media Distribution.

Dove Channel is one of Cinedigm’s nine over-the-top video channels. In addition to Dove, the company operates martial arts network Combat Go; factual network Docurama; fandom lifestyle network CONtv; eSports lifestyle network Wham; Asian music and pop culture network Hallypop; a Chinese entertainment channel; and the family-focused Dove Kids.

Based on Lauren Brooke’s book series of the same name, “Heartland” follows Amy Fleming and her estranged sister Lou, who are suddenly reunited when their mother’s sudden death forces Lou to leave behind her relationship and career in New York City for the rigors of Heartland Ranch. Together, with their grandfather, Jack Bartlett, and loyal ranch hand Ty Borden, Amy and Lou work to adapt to their new circumstances and rebuild their relationship while dealing with the trials and tribulations of life on the ranch.

The series stars Amber Marshall, Michelle Morgan, Graham Wardle, and Shaun Johnston, and features notable guest appearances by “Arrow” star Stephen Amell and Katharine Isabelle (“Hannibal”), as well as Beau Mirchoff (“Awkward”), Keegan Connor Tracy (“Once Upon A Time”), Benjamin Hollingsworth (“Code Black”), and Kari Matchett (“Covert Affairs”), among others. The series is the longest-running 60-minute scripted drama in Canadian television history.

“For more than a decade, ‘Heartland’ has stood as one of Canada’s most popular television series of all time — resonating with viewers for its powerful storylines and realistic characters,” Erick Opeka, EVP of digital networks at Cinedigm, said in a statement.

Dove Channel was launched in 2015 catering to family-friendly content, offering viewers safe programming options and full access to a library of values-based movies, children’s programs, documentaries, and series in the streaming marketplace. Content featured on the Dove Channel is approved by The Dove Foundation and its Faith & Family Dove Seals of Approval.

Cinedigm Launches OTT Gaming Network

Cinedigm April 9 announced the over-the-top video launch of WHAM, an ad-supported digital gaming and e-sports platform. The service is available on XUMO, an Irvine, Calif.-based online TV service, Amazon-owned Twitch.tv and Web and mobile devices.

Cinedigm is partnering with WHAM founder Gary Kleinman on the 24-hour channel driven by increased consumer interest in online gaming and e-sports-driven programming. Original content includes, “UMG Gaming,” showcasing game tournaments and highlights; compilation series, “Clip Blip,” and “e-sports Central Live,” broadcasting e-sports news, industry developments, new releases, and tournament results.

“Gaming lifestyle and e-sports content will be a multi-billion- dollar industry within the next two years,” Erick Opeka, EVP of Cinedigm Networks, said in a statement.

WHAM also features “Retro Gaming From The Strong Museum,” showcasing classic video games, commercials, and gameplay; and “Game Bytes,” a look at the bar/restaurant gaming scene.

Cinedigm says the XUMO platform is accessible on more than 45% of the smart TVs in North America and will help WHAM content reach more than 20 million homes.

XUMO is available on iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as on LG, Vizio, Hisense and Sharp TVs in May.

“WHAM is a significant addition to the XUMO channel lineup as we continue to broaden and deepen our offering of gaming content,” said Stefan Van Engen, SVP of content programming and acquisitions at XUMO.