Amazon Prime Launches Black SVOD in Canada

AMC NETWORKS STREAMER UMC EXPANDS

NORTH AMERICAN PRESENCE WITH AMAZON PRIME VIDEO CHANNELS LAUNCH FOR CANADA

The Popular Streaming Service for Black TV and Film Debuts on Canadian Service as the First to Offer Content Specifically Created for Black Audiences

UMC (www.UMC.tv), the first streaming service ever created for Black TV and film from AMC Networks, is extending its reach in North America with its debut on Amazon Prime Video Channels for Canada this week. Prime Video Channels launched for Canada in June of last year and currently offers 18 channels in its lineup, including AMC Networks sister services Acorn TV, Shudder, and Sundance Now. UMC’s addition to these offerings marks the 19th addition overall, and most notably, the first that specifically caters to Black and Afro-Canadian audiences.

The rapidly growing Black-focused streaming service features an array of programming that includes exclusive UMC original series such as Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy, A House Divided, and Double Cross; must-see independent films like Blackout starring Michael B. Jordan and Zoe Saldana; lively stage plays including David E. Talbert’s What My Husband Doesn’t Know starring Brian White and Michelle Williams; popular network TV, nostalgic Black cinema, and so much more. 

“UMC first became available on Amazon Prime Video Channels for the U.S. in 2015,” said Brett Dismuke, Chief Content Officer of UMC. “A go-to platform for consumers seeking ways to consolidate their a la carte selection of services, Amazon Prime Video Channels has been a great contributer to the growth and success of UMC in the U.S. Now with the launch of UMC on Prime Video Channels for Canada,  we are excited to begin our expansion and extend our reach to include Black audiences across the continent.”

Recent premieres on UMC that will be available for Canadians to stream include the intimate docuseries A Closer Look, featuring New Edition lead singer Ralph Tresvant; hilarious half-hour comedy Here We Go Again starring LeToya Luckett and Wendy Raquel Robinson; and premiering this week – a new original series that showcases the male perspective of dating after 30 – For the Love of Jason.

About UMC

Launched in November 2014, UMC is the first streaming service created for Black TV and film. Dedicated to highlighting Black voices across the diaspora, UMC displays fresh original series, feature films, documentaries, stage plays and other popular Black entertainment with new and exclusive content added every week. UMC is available everywhere streaming services are found – iOS, Android, Amazon Prime Video Channels, Apple TV and Apple TV Channels in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean; Roku and Roku Channels, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV, Cox, DISH, Sling TV, Charter and more. At www.UMC.tv, UMC offers a free 7-day trial and thereafter is just $4.99/month or $49.99/year. Keep up with UMC on Facebook at Facebook.com/WatchUMC and Twitter/Instagram @WatchUMC.

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