SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) announces 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. 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."
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 Martin, Series 7. In December, Acorn TV celebrates its biggest month yet with five U.S. Premieres being added throughout the month. Acorn TV offers a free 30-day trial. Acorn TV's Amazon page
UMC – Urban Movie Channel Created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), UMC features quality urban content showcasing feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up comedy, and other exclusive content for African American and urban audiences. New titles added weekly include live stand-up specials like Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment 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 Mac; action/thrillers including The Colony starring Laurence 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.
About RLJ Entertainment RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent owner, developer, licensee, and distributor of entertainment content and programming in primarily North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres including feature films and urban with distinct content via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Acacia (fitness), and Athena (documentaries). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, and digital streaming.
Through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series Foyle's War and is developing new programs. RLJE owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited, which 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.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its branded digital subscription channels, Acorn TV, AcaciaTV, and UMC – Urban Movie Channel, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. Through its proprietary e-commerce web sites and print catalogs for the Acorn and Acacia brands, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers. For more information, please visit www.RLJEntertainment.com
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