Twelve years after debuting in China, a year after expanding to India, and a month after launching in Russia, the “ecosystem” known as LeEco has come to the US. Combining its own devices with a wide array of subscription streaming content, you can currently buy 4K “ecotvs” through Le Eco’s LeMall.com, with “ecophones” “coming soon.” The TV sets range in price from $649 for a 43-inch model to $4,999 for a screen measuring more than seven feet (or 84 inches). Two Android smartphones will cost $249 and $399.
What content can you access through Le Eco?
Let’s start with Showtime. According to the Le Eco blog. Le Eco device owners will have “access to the live broadcast of the network’s east and west coast feeds, as well as unlimited on demand access to every season of award-winning Showtime original series, and hundreds of hours of movies, documentary and sports programming.”
Other prominent content providers available through Le Eco devices include:
- Hearst (its Cosmopolitan and Delish channels);
- Machinima (gaming/fandom);
- MGM (movies/TV shows);
- Scripps’ HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel;
- NBCUniversal’s comedy channel Seeso;
- Sling TV; and
- Vice Media’s original digital programming.
Le Eco content also includes:
- AwesomenessTV, “for the global Gen Z audience”;
- Cinedigm, whose properties include CONtv, Dove Channel and Docurama;
- Independent movie channels Fandor and IndieFlix;
- Kids’ channel Kidoodle.TV;
- Mitú, an English-language service for Latino millennials;
- Adult animation from Mondo;
- NGSN, a soccer channel;
- OwnZones, which offers a variety of channels, with an emphasis on how-to programming;
- Pivotshare’s FitFusionTV (workouts with trainers), Powerslam (pro wrestling) and Cross Counter (eSports fighting games);
- Curated YouTube videos from QYOU;
- Horror movies from Screambox;
- Food and travel channel Tastemade; and
- The millennial-focused Whistle Sports.
Pricing for the individual channels over Le Eco was not revealed. In a separate announcement, however, Fandor said it would be offered free for one year to all buyers of ecotvs and ecophones.
Here are two Le Eco executives discussing the service:
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