SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- RLJ Entertainment, Inc. ("RLJ Entertainment," "RLJE" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: RLJE) today announced that combined subscribers to its two proprietary digital channels, Acorn TV and Urban Movie Channel or UMC, have surpassed 600,000, an increase of 50,000 subscribers from the end of last quarter and over 60% total growth from a year ago.
"RLJE is building momentum in second half 2017 as our robust line-ups of original and exclusive content draw viewers and our increased investments in our digital distribution footprint, customer service, and customer awareness pay off," stated Miguel Penella, Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Entertainment. "Our growth across digital platforms remains strong and we are focused on all elements of our strategic execution to more firmly establish Acorn TV and UMC as compelling, must-have brands in the burgeoning OTT market. We remain highly confident in achieving our objective of one million Acorn TV and UMC combined subscribers within the next 18 months."
At Acorn TV, Acorn Originals and Exclusive Premieres are driving new audience growth and tremendous customer engagement, including: Witness for the Prosecution (Acorn TV Original), Striking Out (Acorn TV Original), Loch Ness(Acorn TV Original), The Heart Guy (Exclusive Premiere), Vera: Set 7 (Exclusive Premiere), The Good Karma Hospital(Exclusive Premiere), and Delicious (Exclusive Premiere). At UMC, of the return of Fall Out Fridays weekly original comedy programming drew strong viewership, including: The Rich and the Ruthless, Hard Medicine, Lawd Have Mercy, and The Comedy Underground Series.
About RLJ Entertainment, Inc.
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premium digital channel company serving distinct audiences primarily through its popular OTT branded channels, Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel), which have rapidly grown through development, acquisition, and distribution of its exclusive rights to a large library of international and British dramas, independent feature films and urban content. RLJE's titles are also distributed in multiple formats including broadcast and pay television, theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, and a variety of digital distribution models (including EST, VOD, SVOD and AVOD) in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Additionally, through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE co-produces and develops new programs and owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited. For more information, please visit RLJEntertainment.com, Acorn.tv, and UMC.tv.
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The effects of limited cash liquidity on operational performance;
Our obligations under the credit agreement;
Our ability to satisfy financial ratios;
Our ability to generate sufficient cash flows from operating activities;
Our ability to fund planned capital expenditures and development efforts;
Our inability to gauge and predict the commercial success of our programming;
Our ability to maintain relationships with customers, employees and suppliers, including our ability to enter into revised payment plans, when necessary, with our vendors that are acceptable to all parties;
Our ability to realize anticipated synergies and other efficiencies in connection with the AMC transaction;
Delays in the release of new titles or other content;
The effects of disruptions in our supply chain;
The loss of key personnel;
Our public securities' limited liquidity and trading; or
Our ability to meet the NASDAQ Capital Market continuing listing standards and maintain our listing.
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