Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated TV streaming video on demand service is ready for launch and will debut Nov. 16 on Amazon Channels.
The service will be priced at $4.99 per month—after a seven-day free trial—and will offer original documentary series, weekly studio shows and licensed sports movies, documentaries and TV shows.
Original series include “The Vault,” which will mine SI’s portfolio for stories to revisit; “SI: Under the Cover;” “The Crossover,” a basketball lifestyle program; “Planet Futbol;” and “The Line,” a show covering wagering and fantasy sports.
The magazine will also offer daily show “SI Now” and exclusive content supporting its annual swimsuit issue. The service also secured rights to films including Rocky (1-5), Kickboxer (1-5) and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” as well as documentaries including “Michael Jordan: Come Fly With Me” and “In Football We Trust.”
“Sports Illustrated TV presents a broad slice of sports culture, complementing the pages of the magazine consumers have long loved. The brand’s unmatched storytelling is now available to audiences in an unparalleled holistic way through print, online, and on television. Sports Illustrated TV is premium viewing that will appeal to men and women of all ages, as well as families,” said Rich Battista, president and CEO of Time Inc., in a statement.
Sports Illustrated initially announced its SVOD plans back in May. SI Group Editor in Chief Chris Stone said the publication has recently been accelerating the rate at which it’s producing both long- and short-form video content.
“We had all this great long-form content and we needed a better platform for it, frankly. One that we had greater control over. Of course we could pursue licensing deals but we wanted one of our own platforms that was something more than just putting it on SI.com,” Stone told FierceOnlineVideo. “With OTT, we think there’s a real opportunity to create a platform that aligns with the quality of the video we’re creating.”