Comic-Con International and Lionsgate have announced launch plans Comic-Con HQ, their newly named subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform debuting shortly before San Diego Comic-Con this summer. Comic-Con HQ will be available for free beta access on May 7 with its official premiere in June leading up to Comic-Con International: San Diego in July.
“For nearly half a century, Comic-Con has served as the definitive common ground where the fans of genre entertainment come together to express their passion for comics and pop culture,” said Seth Laderman, EVP and General Manager for Comic-Con HQ. “Comic-Con HQ aspires to extend that exchange 365 days a year, bringing everything we love about Comic-Con to the world in ways never before seen and experienced. The new platform will provide a year-round destination to enjoy all facets of the community and access the vast diversity of content the world has come to expect from the largest and longest-running pop cultural celebration of the year.”
The ad-free streaming service will feature an evolving slate of programming including original scripted and unscripted series, recurring daily and weekly entertainment commentary, plus access to a library of live and archival programming from their world-class events, a selection of film and TV genre titles, and behind-the-scenes access and bonus features from genre titles that define pop culture. Featured will be scripted comedy “Kings of Con” inspired by real-life fan convention experiences from “Supernatural” stars Richard Speight and Rob Benedict; the science entertainment program “Impossible Science” starring illusionist Jason Latimer, who explores breakthrough technologies capable of achieving his seemingly impossible feats of magic with real science; and an unscripted series with fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand, “Her Universe,” hosted by founder and actress Ashley Eckstein. That show will follow contestants as they design their geek couture concepts for the catwalk of a live San Diego Comic-Con fashion show in July.