Amazon’s Prime members just got a new perk: Showtime and Starz, unbundled and cheap. The internet company launched a new initiative called “Streaming Partners Program Tuesday that allows Prime members to add subscription programming from close to 20 partners for an added fee to their Prime video service.
Some of the add-on programming includes Showtime, Starz, the Lifetime Movie Club, AMC’s Shudder and SundanceNow subscription services, Comedy Central’s Standup+ Service, Acorn TV, Dramafever, the Dove Channel, IndieFlix and Ring TV Boxing. Consumers will be able to pick and choose these add-ons on an a la carte basis, and change their lineup month to month.
It’s probably wrong to call Dove Channel, the new OTT platform launched in September by Cinedigm, a niche service. Because while the audience it targets with its faith and family-friendly programming doesn’t get much love from Hollywood studios outside of the realm of animation, it’s actually quite large.
According to a report by the Pew Research Center released earlier this year, 25.4% of the U.S. population – 62.2 million Americans – are evangelical Christians. It’s safe to say that’s it’s a larger demographic group than those targeted by popular niche OTT services such as anime specialists Crunchyroll or Korean content-focused DramaFever.
Those in search of wholesome family videos to stream have a new destination: Dove Channel.
The subscription service, which launches Tuesday on DoveChannel.com, is curated by The Dove Foundation, a non-profit that for nearly 25 years has produced its own movie reviews based on Judeo-Christian values.
“Dove Channel takes The Dove Foundation’s mission to the next level by transitioning from providing consumers information about values-based content to providing them direct access,” said Dick Rolfe, CEO and co-founder of the Wyoming, Mich.-based group, in an email exchange. “We believe Dove Channel will demonstrate a greater demand for Dove-approved entertainment, which will in turn, increase the production of family-friendly content.”
Scott Rolfe says an exchange his father had with Jack Valenti told him plenty about the Motion Picture Association of American ratings system then … and now.
Valenti, then head of the MPAA, said his organization rates movies based on society’s changing values and mores. That won’t surprise today’s parents who often find PG:13 movies teeming with inappropriate content.
It’s why The Dove Foundation lets parents and grandparents, not professional critics, write its reviews.
This multi-year deal will involve at least four pictures per year September 30, 2014 05:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE) Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) and Chesler/Perlmutter Productions announced today they have entered into a multi-year, multi-picture, first look deal for original, cast-driven, family and faith-friendly films. The deal provides for no less than […]
Cinedigm Entertainment is touting a heavenly reception at retail for the home entertainment release of God’s Not Dead. Cinedigm president Bill Sondheim reported that first-week Blu-ray and DVD sellthrough of the faith-based title exceeded 50%, equating to about 300,000 units sold.
The Pure Flix film, which was released on disc Aug. 5, earned $60.8 million at the U.S. box office on a budget of $2 million.
(How to Train Your Dragon 2 received 5 Dove seals and could potentially be featured on the new Dove Channel.)
Founded in 1991, the nonprofit organization Dove Foundation as been dedicated to encouraging Hollywood to create family-friendly products. Movies and books are regularly screened by Dove and only those that are more or less “safe” for the family earn the coveted Dove seal of approval.
Just last month, it was announced that Dove would begin a partnership with Cinedigm to provide an over-the-top (OTT) digital subscription streaming service which will be widely accessible to consumers via the web, set top boxes, gaming consoles, and connected TVs.
When the Christian-themed indie film God’s Not Dead pulled in $8.6 million from just 780 theaters during its opening weekend in late March, many in the industry were surprised.
Not Michael Scott, managing partner of Pure Flix Entertainment, which produced the film (for around $2 million).
“Christian-themed films have always had a strong niche, and as faith-based entertainment hits the mainstream market in larger scales, the mass media is starting to pay more attention,” Scott said. “We were confident God’s Not Dead would do well, yet [it] performed better than we imagined ($49 million at the box office as of April 23). We’re humbled by its success and grateful to see how Hollywood has responded.”
Christian groups on the attack over Lincoln language By WENN.com | Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Officials at groups like Movieguide and the Dove Foundation feel sure Lincoln and the respectable men of the time would not have spoken as coarsely and they’re upset about the 40-plus obscenities in the film. But Lincoln historian Doris Kearns […]
What to do when the MPAA ratings fail you Reprinted from MLive – Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 10:19 AM By John Serba | [email protected] MLive.com Courtesy photo A scene from the PG-rated “Katy Perry: Part of Me.” This topic comes up every so often: how the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings system is […]
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