BET Founder and former CEO (before he sold the company to Viacom) Robert Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment has announced that its three proprietary, streaming channels – Acorn TV, UMC, and AcaciaTV – are now available to Amazon Prime members as part of Amazon’s newly announced Streaming Partners Program, which I mentioned on this blog earlier this week, when Showtime and Starz partnered up with Prime. As part of the program, Amazon Prime members can easily add on any of the three streaming channels via the Amazon Video app. Each channel also features a free trial.
RLJ Entertainment’s CEO Miguel Penella says, "We are excited for our three streaming channels to be among the launch channels announced by Amazon earlier this week." Penella added, "Since Acorn TV debuted in 2011, it has been leading the digital movement for niche streamers with its lavish, high-quality international programs, while the more recent UMC and AcaciaTV have quickly met the needs of subscribers looking for highly entertaining urban themed content and fun, user-friendly fitness workouts. With tens of millions of Prime members, we see this as a great opportunity to increase the awareness and subscriber growth for all our channels."
A description of each RLJE channel follows below, via press release (the Urban Movie Channel – UMC – has been featured on this blog):
Acorn TV: Featuring world-class television from Britain and beyond, Acorn TV adds new exclusive programs every week and features a deep library of international mysteries, dramas, documentaries, and comedies with no set end dates. With its 2015 Outstanding Television Movie nomination, Acorn TV became the first niche streamer to receive an Emmy® nomination. This year, the service has featured more than a dozen exclusive U.S. Premieres, including the final season of Foyle’s War; BBC thriller The Driver starring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead); BAFTA Award-winning comedy Detectorists; and Martin Clunes in Doc MartinAmazon page.
UMC – Urban Movie Channel: Created by Robert L. JohnsonMartin Lawrence Presents: 1stAmendment Stand Up and Comedy Underground Series, and performances featuring Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx and comedic rock star Kevin Hart; dramas including Blackbird starring Academy Award® winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington, and directed by Patrik-Ian Polk, and Playin’ For Love, starring and directed by Robert Townsend; documentaries including Bill Duke’s Dark Girls and I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie MacLaurence Fishburne; and stage play productions including What My Husband Doesn’t Know by David E. Talbert. UMC’s Amazon page.
AcaciaTV: A leading streaming fitness service, AcaciaTV features more than 450 exclusive workouts in a diverse range of disciplines. AcaciaTV aims to be the most fun and user friendly fitness streamer with workouts for all fitness levels that range from under ten minutes to over an hour. The channel features yoga superstar Shiva Rea, the best-selling Exhale: Core Fusion DVD series, workouts from SparkPeople, and reality star Bethenny Frankel, as well as new themed 20-minute workouts from trainers Kristin McGee, Amanda Young, Deazie Gibson, Gerren Liles and Liz LeFrois. AcaciaTV’s Amazon page.