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Urban Movie Channel (UMC) Now Available on 4th Generation Apple TV

The subscription streaming service is the first premium SVOD channel created for African American and urban audiences

Los Angeles, CA(23 Feb 2017)

RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) announces the availability of Urban Movie Channel (UMC) on Apple TV (4th Gen), following the recent launch of the service on the iOS platform for iPhone and iPad.  Building on the successful launch of its iOS app for mobile users, now UMC expands its reach to Apple customers with its tvOS app in the Apple TV Store, offering the flexibility and choice of use on either platform.  Apple TV now adds an additional benefit for our consumers. Created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Urban Movie Channel (UMC) is the first premium subscription streaming service that showcases quality African American and urban entertainment across all genres.  

Traci Otey Blunt, President of UMC stated, “We are very excited about the launch of the UMC app on Apple TV.  The Apple TV app will give UMC the ability to reach many potential new subscribers while also providing additional exposure for the channel. At UMC, we continue to enhance our programming by acquiring and adding new and compelling content for our viewing audience, created by and featuring some of the most talented and notable writers, directors, producers, and actors in the industry.  We believe UMC offers our subscribers an unparalleled experience in streaming the best in African American and urban entertainment.”

Urban Movie Channel features the exclusive premieres of various feature films, documentaries, stage plays, original series, and stand-up comedy specials every month. In February, UMC exclusively premiered the romantic comedy, NO REGRETS, which features an all-star cast that includes Monica Calhoun, Brian White, Loretta Devine, Elise Neal, Sharon Leal, and more. Recent premieres also include Insecure’s Jay Ellis in the harrowing child slavery drama, LIKE COTTON TWINES; the timely and revealing documentary, THEY DON’T GIVE A DAMN: THE STORY OF THE CHICAGO PROJECTS; Almost Christmas writer/director David E. Talbert’s latest stage play, ANOTHER MAN WILL; and the mental illness drama KNUCKLEHEAD, starring Emmy Award winning actress Alfre Woodard and The Wire’s Gbenga Akinnagbe. 

Available at, UMC is also available on the Roku platform, as an Amazon Prime add-on subscription, and through Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire Stick.  UMC offers a seven-day free trial and thereafter, is just $6.99/month through the Apple store.  The UMC Apple TV app was developed by Brightcove Inc., a software company and leading online video platform. Brightcove Inc. also developed the UMC iOS app.

About RLJ Entertainment

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is an entertainment content distribution company in primarily North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. RLJE’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), RLJE 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.