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Cinedigm Merging Viewster into Newly Launched CONtv Anime

New global 24/7 linear and AVOD network begins streaming on CONtv’s 120 million device network with library of popular anime films and series including ‘Bubblegum Crisis,’ ‘AD Police,’ and ‘Vampire Princess Miyu.’

LOS ANGELES -- Cinedigm has launched CONtv Anime, a new 24/7 linear and AVOD network dedicated to streaming Japanese anime films and series. The new linear channel has begun streaming across CONtv’s footprint of more than 120 million connected devices and platforms including Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, iOS Android, Vizio. The channel will be available embedded into additional platforms and Smart TV brands across North America over the coming quarter.

The company will rebrand and transition the programming of Viewster, their global ad-supported streaming service acquired in 2019, into CONtv Anime, providing an additional footprint of more than 175M connected televisions and devices globally. Following the launch and transition, CONtv Anime will be available on most major devices and television brands worldwide, reaching approximately 295 million devices globally.

CONtv anime programming will focus on diverse anime genres, from cyberpunk and the supernatural, to tense dramas, epic fantasy sagas, and everything in-between. It will feature content from top tier anime producers with a wide selection of popular offerings presented in English or with dubbing. Notable titles include Bubblegum Crisis, AD Police, Vampire Princess Miyu, as well as a library of classic and cult hits, recent releases, fan-favorites, and anime films and series.

“According to the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, the global market for anime exceeds more than $19 billion dollars annually, and as evidenced by the popularity of the genre on top SVOD platforms like Netflix and HBO Max, anime has gone mainstream,” commented Cinedigm Network president, Erick Opeka. “Our goal is to provide consumers an amazing, fan-curated channel, 100% for free, deeply embedded into their favorite devices around the globe.”

“As consumption of free, ad-supported content continues to skyrocket, Cinedigm is well positioned to meet the demand by drawing on our library of more than 30,000 films and episodes,” added Cinedigm Networks general manager, Tony Huidor. “With that in mind, we seek to dramatically grow our portfolio of networks over the next 18 months all focused on specific demographics and interests. We want to fully meet the needs of consumers while delivering great results to our advertising partners.”

The launch is the latest expansion of Cinedigm’s global brand, CONtv. The digital entertainment network showcases the best in genre and fandom movies and television series. Over the last year, CONtv has become one of the largest global digital comics destinations with more than 10,000 titles, via direct relationships with most major independent comic book publishers, providing access to a growing roster of premium comics and graphic novels such as The Boys, Transformers, Star Trek, Judge Dredd, Bloodshot, Bob’s Burgers, and Vampirella, among thousands of others.

Source: Cinedigm Networks