Boomerang USA Streaming Service To Launch On The VRV Streaming Platform On 13th November 2018
Classic animation streaming service – Boomerang owned by Turner and Warner Bros. (within AT&T’s WarnerMedia group) will be launching on the multi-service streaming platform – VRV on Tuesday 13th November. VRV is also owned by WarnerMedia, via Otter Media and via its subsidiary – Ellation, Otter Media became fully owned by WarnerMedia in August 2018.
VRV users will be able to subscribe to Boomerang for $4.99 per month or to VRV’s complete collection of streaming services — including Boomerang, Ellation’s Crunchyroll, Nickelodeon’s NickSplat, Otter Media’s Rooster Teeth and six other services for only $9.99 per month.
The Boomerang streaming service has a library of more than 3,000 cartoons featuring productions from Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network Studios and MGM, including Courage the Cowardly Dog, Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Jetsons, and The Flintstones. Boomerang is also home to new animated shows such as Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz, Wacky Races, Bunnicula and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Boomerang has also recently announced that the new Care Bears animated series – Care Bears: Unlock the Magic will be joining the service, and also a remastered version of the Garfield and Friends animated series.
Ever since the AT&T takeover of Time Warner (now WarnerMedia) in June, the company have been heavily restructuring their digital streaming businesses. As a result of the takeover, the Korean, Chinese and Japanese entertainment streaming service – DramaFever closed on 19th October, with Turner Classic Movies streaming service – FilmStruck also due to close on the 29th November. Despite these closures, WarnerMedia has promised that they will launch a streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019 that will feature the company’s films, television series, documentaries and animation all in one place.
Ellation’s Crunchyroll — an anime-centric streaming service has partnered with Turner’s Adult Swim for its Toonami anime programming block to premiere the series – Mob Psycho 100, which premiered last Saturday (27th October). Crunchyroll owns the U.S. license to the anime series. WarnerMedia’s full acquisition of Otter Media has opened the door to Crunchyroll’s anime library which will hopefully lead to more new shows on Toonami.
Boomerang Subscription Video On Demand Service Coming Soon
Turner and Warner Bros. has announced today (07/03/2017) that they are developing a brand new standalone SVOD (subscription video-on-demand) OTT (Over The Top) service based on its family-oriented and classic cartoon channel – Boomerang. The new subscription streaming service also called “Boomerang” will launch this Spring and will be the first time that both Warner Bros. and Turner has offered access to over 5,000 animation titles on a streaming service, this includes animated classics from Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros. Animation and MGM. Popular and cross-generational classics such as Scooby-Doo!, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Jetsons and The Flintstones will be available to watch on the new service.
The streaming service will also include brand new productions from Warner Bros. Animation such as Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz and the Wacky Races reboot. In a short while after launch, more features will be added to the service including family profiles, personalised recommendations, video download options, a Spanish audiotrack and other interactive features.
The service will be ad-free and will be accessible via http://www.boomerang.com and on iOS and Android apps, sometime after launch the service will also launch on Amazon, Roku and Apple TV. the service will cost $4.99 per month (with a 7-day free trial) or $39.99 annually (with a 30-day free trial). From launch, the service will only be accessible within the United States, there are no known plans for international expansion.
The new subscription service follows the launch of Turner’s new Filmstruck classic movie streaming service which includes a library of movies from TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and the Criterion Company. This isn’t the first time Turner has experimented with a standalone cartoon streaming service, a decade ago, Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) launched SuperCartoonNetwork.co.uk, a subscription streaming service with a regularly updated library of cartoons.
From The Turner USA Press Release: Turner And Warner Bros. Announce New Domestic Premium Streaming Service
Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. announced today they have partnered on a new standalone domestic premium video subscription service – Boomerang – that will launch in the Spring. This will be the first time the two companies have offered the massive Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library of over 5,000 titles on a streaming platform. Boomerang will provide audiences instant and exclusive access to both brand-new original series and timeless franchises like Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Jetsons and The Flintstones among many others. Launching with a vast number of episodes, new content will be added weekly for kids, families and animation lovers of all ages to enjoy.
Boomerang will be the exclusive home to a slate of new, original series, including Warner Bros. Animation’s Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, an uplifting comedic fantasy series that transports audiences to the magical land of Oz and follows the ruby slipper adventures of its brave and feisty princess protagonist; and Wacky Races, a full-engine overhaul of the Hanna-Barbera classic series that takes viewers on a ride filled with zany slapstick comedy, high-octane thrills and exotic locales around the world. Additionally, Boomerang will be the only place to catch new episodes of three fan-favorite series, Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry.
Boomerang will support its world-class content offering with a robust set of product features in the months following launch including: family profiles, personalized recommendations, download-to-go, Spanish audio and interactive features that will give users new and exciting ways to discover and share content. The Boomerang OTT service will be powered by applications and technology developed by DramaFever, a Warner Bros. Digital Networks company.
The service will be ad-free and launch domestically on Web, iOS and Android devices for $4.99 per month (with a 7-day Free Trial) or $39.99 annually (with a 30-day Free Trial).
The product will expand to several more platforms after launch, including Amazon, Roku and Apple TV. Turner and Warner Bros. will explore additional distribution opportunities with both new and existing partners in the future.
To learn more about the new Boomerang video subscription service and to sign up for its prelaunch mailing list go to http://www.boomerang.com.
“Boomerang is a beloved brand that has always had multi-generational appeal and some of the greatest animated shows ever created,” said Christina Miller, President, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim. “Our on-going partnership with Warner Bros. around this new premium service continues our strategy of making sure our fans are engaged with fresh and fun content whenever and wherever they want it.”
“We are bringing the best new and classic characters to kids, families and animation fans so they can now watch their favorites anywhere, anytime on any screen,” said Craig Hunegs, President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group and President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks. “It’s a whole new way to access Warner Bros.’ storied legacy of laughs!”
Introducing #Boomerang: a new streaming service featuring classic cartoons for the whole family.
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