Comic Con International is Launching a New On-Demand Video Channel this Summer

Monday, 14 March 2016 - 12:43PM
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Monday, 14 March 2016 - 12:43PM
Comic Con International is Launching a New On-Demand Video Channel this Summer
Let's face it, getting tickets to San Diego Comic Con is a lottery that will destroy your geeky soul. But, even if you are lucky enough to get tickets, you then face the struggle of competing with thousands of fellow comic con fans for a spot in the biggest events and panels. It's probably a good job then that Comic Con International – the people behind San Diego Comic Con and Wonder Con – are planning on bringing the comic con experience directly into your homes with a new On-Demand video service.

Comic Con International has announced that their Comic-Con HQ channel will launch a free-beta test in conjunction with Free Comic Book day on May 7th 2016. Created in partnership with Lionsgate studios, Comic-Con HQ will stream new original content ranging from scripted and unscripted content, and eventually a library of classic geek TV shows and movies.

But of all the programming Comic-Con HQ will eventually offer, it's the exclusive behind-the-scenes access to their own events that will interest most fans. Those who subscribe to the new channel will be able to get access to live-streams from San Diego Comic Con programming, from the Cosplay Masquerade to live footage from across the show floor. While it's unlikely that any of the event's major Hall H programming will be streamed, this is likely to be the closest to SDCC many fans will ever get.


The new channel will initially be browser-based, but as the months go on you'll soon be able to access content through apps integrated with devices including Roku, Apple TV and Xbox One. It's not yet clear how much Comic Con International will charge for their subscription, but you can sign-up to access the free-beta version at www.Comic-ConHQ.com.

Check out full details of Comic-Con HQ's programming from the press release below.

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- Recurring daily and weekly programs featuring well-known personalities curating entertainment news and commentary across all facets of pop culture. G4 alum Adam Sessler (X-Play) will executive produce programs on comics, science and gaming, along with hosting his own insightful 1:1 interview series. Fellow G4 star Kevin Pereira (Attack of the Show) and his company Attack Media will executive produce an entertainment pop culture news show and a late night talk show format. Other formats on the fast track are two roundtable discussion shows, one weekly movie talk in partnership with Complex's Collider inspired by their popular Collider Movie Talk series, and another all-female panel on pop culture from a female perspective.
 
- Original scripted and unscripted series debuting on the platform include: the scripted comedy series Kings of Con inspired by real-life fan convention experiences from Supernatural stars Richard Speight and Rob Benedict; the science entertainment program Impossible Science starring world champion illusionist Jason Latimer, who explores breakthrough technologies capable of achieving his seemingly impossible feats of magic with real science; and the formerly announced unscripted series with fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand, Her Universe, hosted by founder and actress Ashley Eckstein, following contestants as they design their geek couture concepts for the catwalk of a live San Diego Comic-Con fashion show in July. These series are the first of many originals to be revealed in the weeks leading up to SDCC.
 
- Unparalleled San Diego Comic-Con access with live-streamed CCHQ programming, airings of select Comic-Con panels, and immersive access to the convention floor and sanctioned events never before available to the public such as the Masquerade and the Eisner Awards. Members will enjoy interviews and previews available only on CCHQ in a growing library of new and archival panels, bonus features, behind-the-scenes previews and more.  
 
- An eclectic collection of licensed film & TV series featuring genre greats and hidden gems from science-fiction, fantasy, cult classics, action/adventure and horror.
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