Comic-Con announces new video on-demand service, launching this year

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Comic-Con International announced a new partnership with Lionsgate that will create a video on-demand service with original scripted and unscripted content based around the annual conference in San Diego. Comic-Con HQ, the name of the new project, is scheduled to launch its free beta platform on May 7, with an official release date set for June. 

The service will be ad-free and available for computers and iOS/Android devices upon launch. The paid subscription service will expand to other devices in the future, with their sights set on Roku, AppleTV and Xbox One. 

"For nearly half a century, Comic-Con has served as the definitive common ground where the fans of genre entertainment come together to express their passion for comics and pop culture," Seth Laderman, executive vice president and general manager of Comic-Con HQ, said. 

"The new platform will provide a year-round destination to enjoy all facets of the community and access the vast diversity of content the world has come to expect from the largest and longest-running pop cultural celebration of the year.”

The service will include daily and weekly commentary, a library of live and archival programming from Comic-Con events, an aggregated section of film and television titles, and behind-the-scenes access. Select panels from Comic-Con in July, access to the convention floor, the masquerade and the Eisner Awards will also be featured. 

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