Cinedigm launches The Bob Ross Channel on the Roku platform

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The channel now available as a free stand-alone app on Roku  

Los Angeles: Cinedigm has launched The Bob Ross Channel on the Roku platform.  The channel, which allows viewers the opportunity to curate their own viewing experience, is easily downloadable through the Roku channel store and is powered by Cinedigm’s proprietary Matchpoint Blueprint, a highly-scalable app development platform for OTT services. 

Cinedigm Corp., the leading independent entertainment studio in North America, is widely recognized for its film/TV/digital production, digital cinema, OTT channels, and content and marketing distribution.

Now available as a stand-alone app on Roku devices, The Bob Ross Channel features all 31 seasons of the popular The Joy of Painting television series in their entirety, containing approximately all 380 classic episodes and delivering over 100 hours of quality entertainment that is enjoyable for the whole family. In addition, a series of Bob Ross screensavers for television showcasing many of his paintings in full-screen, synchronized to music and organized by theme will be made available within the Roku app. Approximately a dozen  Bob Ross Gallery View screensavers optimized for high-definition televisions will be made available at launch with more to be released on an ongoing basis. 

Cinedigm continues to focus on bringing well-established brands and film & television content from leading content owners into the growing free ad-supported television marketplace. Opportunities for premium content remain strong within the OTT ad-supported space as traditional cable and satellite services continue to lose subscribers. 

“We have seen great success with The Bob Ross Channel as a free ad-supported television channel confirming strong interest and demand for the legacy of Bob Ross,” said Tony Huidor, Cinedigm General Manager of Digital Networks. We are proud to be associated with an icon of his caliber and to bring the entirety of his television series into the living rooms of his fans, new and old.  

For 31 seasons, beloved painter, art instructor, and TV host Bob Ross captivated millions of viewers around the globe with his EMMY-winning hit series The Joy of Painting. The show first ran on public television stations in the United States, from 1983 to 1994, and has continued to broadcast on more than 150 public TV channels and on Create TV.  Distributed by APT Worldwide, Ross programmes are also available in many countries ranging from the UK to Thailand, on airline flights and other platforms.  

Though Ross passed away in 1995, his legacy lives on as the series continues to enthrall and inspire new generations of viewers — amassing a combined total of more than 5.5 million social media followers, as well as 5.6 million unique views on Twitch, nearly one million hours of The Joy of Painting consumed on Hulu, and an hour-long YouTube special that attracted over 2.5 million viewers. 

BOB ROSS, INC. 

Bob Ross Incorporated was formed in 1982 by Annette and Walt Kowalski, and Bob Ross and his wife Jane. Together they changed the face of how-to programming on public television and turned The Joy of Painting into a mainstream phenomenon supported by a unique line of Bob Ross painting products, certified instructors and whimsical collectibles for painters and non-painters alike. BRI continues today uninterrupted and as strong an organization as ever, with just a dozen devoted employees.

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