IBM Cloud Video to Power Comic-Con HQ New Subscription Video-On-Demand Channel


ARMONK, NY - 18 Apr 2016: IBM Cloud Video’s Clearleap platform will power Comic-Con HQ’s new subscription video-on-demand platform. As part of its multi-year deal, IBM Cloud Video will serve as Comic-Con HQ’s technology partner, powering their live-streamed video productions and providing fans with seamless access to the Comic-Con experience 365 days a year. IBM Cloud Video will also provide the ad-free streaming video platform with back-end support for subscriber and content management, billing, and video compatibility on multiple devices.

IBM Cloud Video to Power Comic-Con HQ

Seth Laderman,  EVP & GM  of Comic-Con HQ, left and IBM project manager Terri Dillon view the new Comic-Con HQ subscription video on-demand platform, powered by IBM Cloud Video technology, Monday, April 18, 2016 in Santa Monica, Calif. Comic-Con HQ  launches its public Beta with free access on May 7 and uses IBM Cloud Video technology to provide fans with seamless access to the Comic-Con experience. (Credit: IBM)

Lionsgate and Comic-Con International created Comic-Con HQ to provide a year-round destination for fans to experience their world-famous events and enjoy highly-curated content including exclusive original series, daily entertainment news, and an ever-evolving library of Film & TV genre titles, sneak previews and special features from the latest and greatest franchises across comics and the popular arts.

“We’re working with world-class partners to build our technology infrastructure and give our community the inspired user experience they deserve,” said Seth Laderman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Comic-Con HQ. “The Clearleap video solution is a reliable, robust and secure platform that empowers fans to access our programming across their favorite devices on their own terms.”

“Comic-Con HQ is a huge opportunity to meaningfully engage with pop culture fans everywhere,” said Braxton Jarratt, General Manager, IBM Cloud Video Unit. “Comic-Con HQ understood the importance of technological infrastructure early on, and they made it a top priority to offer the best quality and features to their community. Their ambitious goals and commitment to great technology made them an ideal partner for us.”     

Comic-Con HQ is set to launch a public Beta on May 7, Free Comic Book Day. Anyone signing up for the public Beta at www.comic-conhq.com will enjoy free access through San Diego Comic-Con this July. The product will initially launch in the US via browsers and iOS/Android devices. The paid subscription service will then roll out across more connected devices such as Roku, Apple TV, PS4 and the Microsoft family of devices and consoles, with additional distribution platforms becoming available throughout the year.

Created in January 2016, IBM Cloud Video brings together innovations from IBM's R&D labs with the cloud video platform capabilities of Clearleap and Ustream. Through the unit, IBM delivers a powerful portfolio of video services that spans open API development, digital and visual analytics, simplified management and consistent delivery across global industries. IBM Cloud Video supports top media and enterprise companies with reliable video on-demand and streaming services, including HBO, A+E Networks, BBC America, Scripps Networks Interactive, and Verizon. 

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Seth Laderman, EVP & GM of Comic-Con HQ, left and IBM project manager Terri Dillon view the new Comic-Con HQ subscription video on-demand platform, powered by IBM Cloud Video technology, Monday, April 18, 2016 in Santa Monica, Calif. Comic-Con HQ launches its public Beta with free access on May 7 and uses IBM Cloud Video technology to provide fans with seamless access to the Comic-Con experience. (Credit: Mike Palma/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

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