Cinedigm’s CONtv to Live-Stream 15 Hours from Comic Con Chicago – Variety
CONtv, Cinedigmâ€™s subscription-video service dedicated to all things Comic Con, will provide more than 15 hours of live-streaming coverage of Wizard Worldâ€™s Comic Con Chicago 2015 this weekend â€” which the company is touting as the most extensive access of its kind to date.
The CONtv Live coverage, running from 10:30 a.m. CT Saturday and concluding Sunday afternoon, is set to includeÂ panels with Jeremy Renner (â€œAvengers,â€ â€œMission Impossibleâ€), Ben McKenzie (â€œGothamâ€) and mustachioed â€™70s icon Burt Reynolds (â€œCannonball Run,â€ â€œArcherâ€) along with discussions on â€œDeadpool,â€ â€œJurassic Worldâ€ and other topics.
The live program will beÂ hosted by standup comedian and veteran Comic Con host Erin Darling (above right) and Fullscreen-affiliated YouTuber Andre Meadows of Black Nerd Comedy. Special guest appearances are to include cast members fromÂ â€œThe Evil Dead,â€ â€œMortal Kombat Xâ€ and â€œTales of Halloween.â€
â€œThis is the most ambitious Comic Con coverage ever attempted in a live stream,â€ said Erick Opeka, Cinedigmâ€™s EVP of digital channels.
The live stream will beÂ available to subscribers of theÂ CONtv VIP package, which costs $6.99Â perÂ month, available on multipleÂ connected devices. The service, launched earlier this year,Â currently providesÂ 2,500 hours of original programming, including films and TV episodes as well as exclusive Comic Con panel coverage from dozens of annual nationwide events.
Cinedigm launched CONtv this March in partnership with Wizard World, which producesÂ nearly 30 Comic Con eventsÂ across North AmericaÂ but is unaffiliated with Comic-Con International: San Diego.Â Separately,Â Lionsgate has a deal with Comic-Con InternationalÂ forÂ a Comic-Con-branded subscription VODÂ service, now slated to launchÂ in early 2016.