Shout! Factory has just started up their Shout Factory TV, a free streaming service. The service is ad-supported and available through the Roku app. Shout Factory TV will be feature over 2,500 movies and TV episodes. According to Endgadget, Shout! Factory is also working on getting the service to more devices.
Content in the initial release includes:
30-plus episodes of “Mystery Science Theater 3000″; animated comedy series “Home Movies” from Adult Swim; “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”; “Father Knows Best”; “Dennis the Menace”; “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”; and “The Ernie Kovacs Show.”
Specials include Steve Martin’s “Comedy Is Not Pretty” and “Steve Martin: Wild and Crazy Guy,” as well as “Mel Brooks: Make a Noise.” Films include 16 titles from Werner Herzog, a selection of Roger Corman movies, the Marx Brothers’ “A Night in Casablanca,” “A Room With a View,” “Hoop Dreams” and Volker Schlondorff’s 1985 “Death of a Salesman,” starring Dustin Hoffman.
Shout president and co-founder Garson Foos said they are trying to “diversifying the company”:
“We want to be the deep-fan, cult-audience channel”
When referring to the company and DVD’s:
“still a good business for us, but digital growth is undeniable, and erosion of DVD sales is accepted…..We’ve been succeeding in acquiring digital rights on a lot of content… but the big household-name providers like Netflix and Hulu are not as interested in niche, library content, which is where we focus.”