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Wizard World to Launch ConTV March 3rd – The Next Best Thing to Being at the Con

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Netflix for Nerds is about to go live …

Have you always wanted to attend one of the many Wizard World conventions, but just haven’t managed to get your nerdy butt to one?  Or maybe you spend every free minute, and dollar, going to every convention in sight because you simply can’t get enough.  No matter where you fall on the convention spectrum, Wizard World is about to make your experience a lot better with the launch of ConTV.

ConTV is described as “the first digital entertainment network devoted to the fanspace” and it’ll go fully live Tuesday, March 3rd.  The site will offer a plethora of con-related geeky goods including, but not limited to, live streams of celebrity panels, original programming, and other exclusive content designed to feed your need for convention fun.

ConTV is a partnership between Wizard World, the nation’s largest producer of Comic Con events, and Cinedigm, the nation’s largest independent distributor of digital entertainment.  Their unholy alliance will form an online entertainment mecca for nerds the likes of which have never been seen in this universe.  On top of the convention offerings, they’ll have over 1,200 film and TV titles aimed squarely at the tape on your Coke-bottle glasses.

And the icing on the cake is ConTV won’t break the bank.  You can watch the free, ad-supported version for, well, for free.  If you’re really serious about your geek goods, you can opt for the full subscription for only $6.99/month.  For that price you’ll get even more exclusive content, ticket bundle opportunities, audience rewards and lots more.  Even more good news: ConTV will be viewable on just about any connected device you’ve got.  From your standard computer to Android, Smart TV, tablets, Roku, Apple iOS, et cetera.

In short, if it’s got a screen and an internet connection, chances are you can watch ConTV.  Pretty sweet.

Enough of my prattling.  Read more about ConTV in the press release below.

CONTV SET TO LAUNCH MARCH 3, 2015

Cinedigm and Wizard World Announce Premiere Date for Comic Con themed Multiplatform OTT Network

(Los Angeles, CA) February 11, 2015 – Cinedigm (NASDAQ:CIDM) and Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced that CONtv, the multi-platform OTT service geared toward the Comic Con community, will be available to consumers on March 3, 2015. The digital service will bring fans their favorite films, television series, comics, behind the scenes access to Wizard World Comic Cons and more. CONtv will be offered as a free ad-supported platform as well as a subscription of $6.99/month with content exclusives, audience rewards, a dynamic social viewing experiences, and ticketing bundle opportunities for fans planning to attend Wizard World conventions. CONtv will be rolling out with over 1600 hours of programming across a wide spectrum of devices including Roku, Apple iOS, Android, Xbox, Samsung, Smart TV, mobile, and tablet devices.

Spanning cult television, sci-fi, horror and fantasy films, grindhouse classics, thrilling martial arts adventures, and more, CONtv’s extensive launch offering includes:

  • Superhero Action: “He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe,” “Voltron,” Trial of the Incredible Hulk, “She-Ra: Princess Of Power”

  • Cult Classics: Godzilla, Death Race 2000, Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark, Return Of The Killer Tomatoes, Beware The Blob, Transylvania 6-5000, Night Patrol

  • Horror: Evil Dead, Re-Animator, Hellraiser, I Spit On Your Grave (#1 and #2), Hellboy: Blood & Iron, Rob Zombie Presents The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Ichi The Killer, Puppet Master, Embrace of the Vampire

  • Martial Arts: Fists of Fury, Shaolin, Man From Nowhere, War of the Arrows, Legend of the Fist, Yakuza Weapon, Blade of Kings, Lady Ninja

  • Gaming: “Sonic The Hedgehog,” “Super Mario Bros,” “Legend Of Zelda,” “Stargate Infinity,” “Street Fighter Alpha,” “Heavenly Sword”

  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television: UK’s “Being Human,” “Farscape,” “Highlander,” “Demon King,” “Stargate Infinity”

  • Anime:  “Yu-Gi-Oh,” “Beyblade,” “Digimon,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “High School Of The Dead,” “Saint Seiya,” “Angel Beats,” “Clannad”

Additionally, CONtv will also debut original series throughout 2015, including the innovative horror/reality series “FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD,” a genre-bending show that follows digital celebrities including Joey Graceffa (4.3 million YouTube subscribers), Jesse and Jeana (PrankvsPrank, 7.1 YouTube subscribers), and Justine Ezarik (iJustine, 2.1 million YouTube subscribers), as they fight to survive the undead’s relentlessly grisly, and frighteningly realistic onslaught through a “real-world” Zombie apocalypse. In addition to “FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD,” the digital network will also debut original series through 2015 including Game show “LAST FAN STANDING,” hosted by pop culture icon Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead), and the adrenaline-packed reality series “MY MORPHING LIFE” that follows actor and Wizard World regular Jason David Frank, the original Green Power Ranger, through many of his thrilling convention experiences.

CONtv is a joint venture between Cinedigm, a leading independent content distributor, and Wizard World, a leading producer of live pop culture multimedia conventions.

CONtv is designed to be the epic destination for every fan, every day,” says John Macaluso, CEO of Wizard World. “Created by fans, for fans, and constantly improving based on fan feedback, the channel will not only serve as an extension of our hugely popular live events, but will be a place where fans can discover, inform, revisit and help make the best in pop culture.”

The combination of Cinedigm’s vast library of content with Wizard World’s track of success as the largest operator of Comic Con’s in the world is a partnership built for success,” says Chris McGurk, Chairman and CEO of Cinedigm. “We are excited to make the Comic Con experience available to its fans anywhere, and at any time on their favorite viewing platform.”

Remember – ConTV Launches Tuesday, March 3rd!

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Tom Gardiner