SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- RLJ Entertainment Inc., ("RLJ Entertainment," "RLJE" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: RLJE), today announced that its proprietary digital channels, Acorn TV and UMC, realized subscriber growth that exceeded 2016 year-end expectations.
Subscribers for both channels more than doubled year over year in 2016. Acorn TV more than doubled to over 430,000 subscribers from over 195,000 subscribers at the end of 2015. UMC subscribers quadrupled to over 20,000 subscribers from approximately 5,000 subscribers at the end of 2015.
"We believe the rapid growth in subscribers confirms our strategy to bring high quality niche content to passionate audiences," said Miguel Penella, Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Entertainment.
The growth in Acorn TV subscribers continues this month driven by this month's four exclusive U.S. premieres on the channel including an Acorn TV Original movie Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution starring Toby Jones and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) in a new critically-acclaimed adaptation of the best-selling novelist's iconic short story, which premieres on Monday, January 30th. Other exclusive premieres on Acorn TV in January were the hugely popular Canadian period mystery series Murdoch Mysteries, Season 10 (aka The Artful Detective); the return of Australia's #1 new drama, 800 Words; and the season finale of the edge-of-your-seat British thriller The Level (an Acorn TV Original) starring Karla Crome, Robert James-Collier (Thomas on Downton Abbey) and Noel Clarke.
UMC continues to bring compelling and exclusive content to the channel including the January 20th exclusive premiere of Like Cotton Twines, from rising-star director Leila Djansi (Where Children Play). The film stars Jay Ellis (The Game, HBO's Insecure) and centers around Micah Brown (Ellis), an American volunteer who takes a teaching job in a Ghanaian village. There he meets a bright girl who must atone for a deadly accident committed by her father and, according to custom, must abandon her education to be offered into religious slavery.
About RLJ Entertainment, Inc.
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is an entertainment content distribution company in primarily North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. RLJ Entertainment's 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.
With its popular OTT branded channels, Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel), RLJ Entertainment targets distinct, premium audiences and Urban niche audiences. The company grows its proprietary digital channels through development, acquisition, and distribution of exclusive rights of program franchises and feature film content.
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.
For more information, please visit RLJEntertainment.com, Acorn.TV, and UrbanMovieChannel.com.
Traci Otey Blunt, 301-830-6204
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. / UMC
Chad Campbell, 301-830-6203
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. / Acorn TV
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