If Elvis Presley is at all times in your thoughts, you’re in luck.
Followers of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in all probability bought all shook up with Wednesday’s announcement of a free, devoted streaming channel — the Elvis Presley Channel, launching in early 2022 — via a brand new deal between Elvis Presley Enterprises and Cinedigm.
The channel will embody archival content material and specials that includes Presley, in addition to music content material from different main rock ‘n’ roll artists. The channel will honor the “Love Me Tender” artist, who bought greater than 1 billion data worldwide and was nominated for 14 Grammy Awards earlier than his dying in 1977.
Presley additionally appeared in over 30 movies, together with 1957’s “Jailhouse Rock,” 1963’s “Enjoyable in Acapulco” and 1969’s “Change of Behavior.”
On the AVOD channel, Cinedigm will function Presley programming and unique specials and documentaries together with “Singer Presents … Elvis” (also called the “’68 Comeback Particular”), “Aloha from Hawaii by way of Satellite tv for pc” and “Elvis By the Presleys.” The Elvis Presley Channel may also showcase uncommon dwelling footage from the Graceland Archives.
Cinedigm plans to faucet into the archives of legends together with Johnny Money and Roy Orbison. Specials will take a look at cities akin to Memphis that influenced rock ‘n’ roll, and the channel may also stream music documentaries.
Cinedigm is planning to make the Elvis Presley Channel accessible in the US and Canada and expects to distribute the programming by way of companions together with Samsung, Pluto, Roku, Hulu, Amazon and Tubi.
“There are few people extra iconic than Elvis Presley; he transcends time, style and medium,” stated Erick Opeka, president of Cinedigm Digital Networks. “The chance to construct a branded channel round Elvis opens up streaming prospects to a completely new demographic in the fastest-growing section of the ad-supported enterprise. The channel will enable a complete new viewers to expertise Elvis, whereas additionally giving his followers a extra in-depth take a look at their idol.”
The announcement follows Cinedigm’s 2020 launch of the Bob Ross Channel, which showcases the work and key moments from tons of of episodes of the present.
“We’re thrilled to companion with Cinedigm to launch the Elvis Presley Channel,” stated Marc Rosen, president of leisure at ABG, which owns Elvis Presley Enterprises. “The Elvis fandom is extremely passionate, and Cinedigm is best-in-class when it comes to serving fervent fan bases.”
This announcement comes only a day after considered one of Hawaii’s most iconic resorts — the Coco Palms Resort, that after welcomed Presley — was set to be demolished after almost 30 years of abandonment. The late Presley additionally acquired current pushback from legendary music producer Quincy Jones, who said in final month that he refused to work with Presley as a result of Jones felt that he was racist.