DMR, one of the world’s largest innovative content aggregators and distributors is stepping up distribution across streaming platforms starting with Samsung and the TV Plus service. Unlike a number of streaming options found via numerous platforms the new content from DMR is delivered the old fashioned way with a set schedule of content inviting viewers to leave the programming decisions to someone else instead of looking for what to watch next.
“Linear TV often gets overlooked within the context of a ‘streaming war’ dominated thus far by SVOD giants, but platforms like Samsung TV Plus provide the perfect environment for people who are looking to unwind and unplug – and to simplify their lives by enjoying a lean-back (and free) entertainment experience,” said DMR Co-founder and President David Chu. “It is a key moment in the evolution of our company and the overall digital video ecosystem, with growing interest in ad-supported, linear channels that complement the VOD business that we have built over the past decade. This demand not only comes from our viewers, but – as we learned by launching our OTT advertising marketplace last year – from brands and agencies hungry for new ways to reach audiences across platforms.”
New channels include AsianCrush (pan-Asian), Cocoro (kids/family), KMTV (K-pop), Midnight Pulp (horror/thriller/cult) and YuyuTV (general entertainment) showcase premium movies and other entertainment content, in their respective genres, from around the world. These launches are the culmination of a soft roll-out over the past few months, following the five brands’ initial success as freemium VOD channels across Samsung Smart TVs and popular mobile and connected TV devices.
DMR’s content team will program and schedule these line-ups, with new content added each month. Linear back-end technology is provided by WURL.
Initial Programming Highlights
The following provides an overview of content that can be found in December 2019 on each DMR linear channel now live on Samsung TV Plus:
AsianCrush, “the best of Asian entertainment”
- Youth– Based on the popular k-drama ‘Hello My Twenties,’ this Chinese rom-com series follows the growing pains of five college freshman rooming together in (mildly haunted) house-share, as they fall in love, form friendships, & find the path to their futures.
- Cheese in the Trap– When struggling college student Seol suddenly becomes the love interest of her university’s resident wealthy, popular hot-shot, she can help but wonder: what’s the catch? Based on the wildly popular K-drama of the same name.
- Lobster Cop– To take down a drug gang, a group of cops set up a lobster restaurant as a disguise. But when their secret recipe becomes a smash hit, the plot becomes far more than they ever bargained for.
- Our Time Will Come– In this award-winning historical epic starring Eddie Peng and Zhou Xun, a young schoolteacher finds herself embroiled in the front lines of Hong Kong’s resistance against Japanese occupation.
- A Man & A Woman– After a snowstorm in Finland traps two married strangers together in an inn overnight, the two return to their families without even learning each other’s names–only to find each other by chance again, months later, back in Korea. Starring Gong Yoo (Train to Busan) and Jeon Do-yeon.
Cocoro, “the ultimate destination for families on the go”
- Pororo: Snow Fairy Adventure– Hop on board another animated adventure with Pororo! The snow fairy village is under siege by a giant lava monster. Can Pororo and his friends save the village?
- Om Nom Stories– Om Nom, the hero of the world-famous Cut the Rope game series, is a cute little candy-eating monster. One day, he mysteriously shows up at the doorstep of one boy’s house, and this marked the beginning of many fun adventures.
- Everything’s Rosie– In this children’s animated series, Rosie, a bright, fun-loving 6-year old girl, goes on educational adventures with her group of friends, including pals Holly and Will, friendly rabbit Raggles, and the kind Big Bear.
KMTV, “all things K-pop”
- 4 Different Houses– When Na-Yoon gets kicked out of her apartment, she disguises herself as her cousin to move into an all-male sharehouse–who turns out to be owned by the K-pop idol Sun Min.
- Genie Top 100
- TV Highlights
Midnight Pulp, “streaming all things strange”
- The Pool– In an abandoned 6-meter deep pool, a couple is stranded there with a deadly predator. Directed by Ping Lumpraploeng.
- The Young Master(dubbed) – A kung-fu fighter (Jackie Chan, who also directed the film) is mistaken for a fugitive while searching for his runaway brother.
- Find Me Guilty– In the late 1980s, a low-level gangster named Jackie DiNorscio (Vin Diesel) defends himself in court in what became the longest criminal trial in American judicial history. With a cast that also includes Peter Dinklage and Ron Silver.
- Pop Team Epic– Based on Bkub Okawa’s beloved bizarro webcomic, Pop Team Epicis the anime that defies all anime conventions. Absurdly meta and utterly surreal, the fragmented misadventures of sweet yet sadistic middle-schoolers Popuku and Pipimi offer the perfect parody & reference-laden micro-content for the true millennial otaku.
YuyuTV, “TV that isn’t basic”
- Women Who Made History– Iconic women of history are chronicled in this documentary series. From legendary rulers like Catherine the Great, Queen Elizabeth, and Cleopatra, to brave rebels like Joan of Arc and Sophie Scholl, this series provides an intimate look at larger than life figures who shaped history.
- Honey, I Bought The House– In this reality TV series, nine couples are separated and one has three weeks to secure a property – or they lose the life-changing deposit they’ve just received. Will the couples successfully secure a new home in the nick of time?
- T-Rex an Evolutionary Journey– Was the T-Rex, the most iconic of all dinosaurs, as mighty and fearsome as its legend? This documentary explores the evolutionary path of the Tyrannosaurus, following the journey of two dinosaur brothers.
- 93 Days– What happens when the deadliest infectious disease known to man arrives in a mega city, populated by millions?