RLJ Entertainment Appoints Float Left Interactive to Develop Acorn TV Streaming Applications

Nov 07, 2013, 09:17 ET from Float Left Interactive

JUPITER, Fla., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Float Left Interactive, a leader in TV application solutions, today announced that it has been selected by RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) to develop multiplatform applications for Acorn TV, the first streaming service focused on the best of British TV in North America at www.Acorn.TV.

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Called the "chief curators of the best Brit TV" by TIME magazine, RLJ Entertainment's Acorn brand holds exclusive North American distribution rights to the most critically acclaimed British programs, which are available for streaming on Acorn TV and from Acorn in lavishly packaged DVDs/Blu-rays. RLJ Entertainment also manages the literary estate of Agatha Christie, the best-selling novelist of all time, and owns the hugely popular period detective series Foyle's War.

Launched in July 2011, Acorn TV is currently accessible via Roku, computers, and many portable devices. Float Left Interactive will help RLJ Entertainment extend Acorn TV to Apple's iPad in addition to Samsung Smart TV and Bluray players in 2014.

"Given their experience of developing applications across multiple connected platforms and emphasis on providing a premium user experience, Float Left Interactive was a natural choice for us to partner with on this project," said Jen Linck, Vice President, Acorn TV, RLJ Entertainment. "We look forward to working with Float Left Interactive to increase our viewership by making Acorn TV available on more platforms.

About Float Left Interactive Float Left Interactive is a leading provider of enterprise TV application solutions, enabling entertainment and media brands to expand their digital presence across any connected device – Smart TVs, set-top boxes, mobile, tablet, and gaming consoles.

Since 2009, Float Left Interactive has deployed over 120 applications and continues to help companies like Screen Media Ventures, FUNimation, Ora TV, and Washington Post reach a larger audience by expanding their viewership to new platforms.

More information about Float Left Interactive is available at http://www.floatleftinteractive.com.

About RLJ Entertainment RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive titles.  RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (feature films, stand-up comedy), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (documentaries), Criterion (art films) and Madacy (gift sets).  These titles are distributed in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical.

Via its relationship with Agatha Christie Limited, a company that RLJE owns 64% of, RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot.  And through its direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers.

RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its nascent branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests.  RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.

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