All subscription streaming services offer free trials, so The Savvy Screener usually doesn’t even mention them. But with San Diego’s Comic-Con starting this Thursday, can there be any better time than now to sign up for two free weeks of the still-in-beta Comic-Con HQ?
By the time your trial is over, you’ll not only have been able to enjoy a week of Comic-Con HQ’s “unparalleled” coverage from San Diego — set to include live-streaming from the convention floor, interviews, content previews, select panels, and such events as the Eisner Awards — but you’ll have been there for the streaming service’s official launch on July 25, the day after Comic-Con San Diego ends.
In addition to its Comic-Con coverage, Comic-Con HQ promises “original series, entertainment news and commentary, hundreds of our favorite movies and TV shows, sneak previews and special features.” Lionsgate, the big production company, is partnered with Comic-Con in the streaming venture. It is also behind one of its most touted original series: Her Universe Fashion Show, a reality series hosted by actress Ashley Eckstei, founder of the Her Universe fashion company/lifestyle brand. The series follows “contestants as they design their geek couture concepts for the catwalk of a live San Diego Comic-Con fashion show.”
Two other series already on Comic-Con HQ are Mostly Harmless, a comedy talk show with Steve Zaragozal; and What’s News, a pop culture news show with Anthony Carboni and Trisha Hershberger.
Other upcoming Comic-Con HQ content includes:
- Crowd-funded comedy series Con Man, whose first season premiered on Vimeo in 2015. The series is moving to Comic-Con HQ for season two later this year – with season one already exclusively housed on the new service.
- Information programming from Adam Sessler and Kevin Pereira, two veterans of the defunct G4 cable network. Sessler will be helming programs on comics, science and gaming, and Pereira an entertainment pop culture news show and a late night talk show. Sessler will also host an interview series. Other shows in development: a weekly movie talk show in partnership with Complex’s Collider, which produces the Collider Movie Talk series on YouTube; two roundtable discussion series; an all-female pop culture panel show; and Impossible Science, a science entertainment program starring illusionist Jason Latimer.
- A scripted comedy series Kings of Con, inspired by real-life fan convention experiences, from Supernatural stars Richard Speight and Rob Benedict.
- Such movies as Escape from New York.
Comic-Con HQ costs $5 monthly or $50 annually. It’s now available on the web or via smartphone apps, with access promised later this year on Roku, Apple TV, PS4 and Microsoft devices.
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