BET+ Streamer Launches

(Above photo source: Business Wire)

As summer ends, new streamers keep blooming.

Both Disney+ and Apple TV+ are scheduled for November debuts. NBC just announced its plans for Peacock (due April 2020).

Now BET Networks, in a joint venture with Tyler Perry Studios, has introduced BET+, a service dedicated to African American-focused dramas, sitcoms, films and specials. BET+ is available as an Amazon Prime add-on channel, as well as via Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS and Android devices. The cost is $9.99 a month, with a seven-day free trial.

BET+ claims a library of more than 1,000 hours of ad-free premium content.

The titles include Bigger, an original weekly, 10-episode comedy set in the East Atlanta neighborhood of Little Five Points. A single black woman, facing the prospect of marriage to a “boring-in-bed” boyfriend, is jolted by the death of a college acquaintance. This prompts her and her friends to take stock of their own lives and wonder if there’s something more, something “bigger.” The cast includes Tanisha Long, Angell Conwell and Rasheda Crockett.

The first three episodes of the series are already streaming, with remaining episodes dropping every Thursday starting September 26.

Another original nine-episode comedy series, First Wives Club, stars Ryan Michelle Bathe, Michelle Buteau and Jill Scott as women who – with failed or unhappy marriages – turn to each other for support.

The BET+ catalog also includes Martin, The Bobby Brown Story, The New Edition Story, Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Quad, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Keyshia Cole: All In, Ali: People’s Champ, Katrina: 10 Years Later, Killer Curves, BET Awards, Hip Hop Awards, and Soul Train Awards.

In addition, there are shows from such Viacom networks as VH1 (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta), MTV (Todrick), TV Land (Soul Man) and Nick at Nite (Instant Mom).

In coming months, BET+ plans to add such Tyler Perry films as Madea and his stage plays including Meet the Browns, Daddy’s Little Girls, Family That Preys, and I Can Do Bad All By Myself. There will also be stand-up comedy specials from D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin, Nick Cannon and Sasheer Zamata.

For more information, visit BET+.

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