May 27, 2020
DeShuna Spencer, founder, and CEO of KweliTV, one of the first Black woman-owned digital networks that celebrate Black stories and culture from the US and across the globe, has expanded her distribution by launching a 24-hour movie channel.
KweliTV allows viewers to discover and enjoy Black-curated indie films, documentaries, web series, kids programming, news, and live experiences from around the world – North America, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the Caribbean.
98% of the platform’s films have been official selections at film festivals and more than 65% are award-winning. Even more, it provides more than 300 indie filmmakers of color across the globe a space to showcase and make money off of their content.
Streaming videos from Black filmmakers 24-hours a day
KweliTV now broadcasts a new 24-hour live channel that streams a limited selection of its critically-acclaimed independent films, documentaries, shows, and kids programming created and produced by mostly Black filmmakers. This free, ad-supported channel is accessible on the website and all of its apps as well as on Comcast Xfinity X-1 and Xfinity Flex.
The addition of this live channel gives their customers more choices on ways in which to engage with the platform’s content. Now, customers can stream more than 15,000 hours of content on the company’s subscription on-demand channel for $5.99 a month or $49.99 per year; rent any of their 400+ titles for a day for a one-time fee, or watch the ad-supported 24-hour live stream of a curated collection of films and shows for free.
DeShuna comments, “This year, KweliTV is laser-focused on spreading our content across various distribution channels to make it much easier to reach our audience in a number of ways. Given the fact that COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting our community’s health and pocketbooks, our live, free channel allows us to connect with customers who may be experiencing financial challenges.”
Kweli, which means truth in Swahili, supports the company’s ultimate mission and goal to curate content that is a true reflection of the global Black experience.
KweliTV can be viewed on the web and on several major streaming devices and platforms including Roku, Amazon Fire, AppleTV, iOS, GooglePlay/Android, and Comcast Xfinity. For more details and/or to sign up, visit www.kweli.tv
Through the ad-supported channel, DeShuna says that her platform is also planning to dedicate a portion of affordable sponsorship airtime to Black-owned small businesses that would give them the opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of potential new customers. To learn more about this, advertisers should visit www.kweli.tv/pages/sponsorships
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