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SOMOS Next’s SVOD service keeps growing FLIXLATINO AVAILABLE NOW ON GOOGLE TV™

FlixLatino, the Subscription Video On Demand Service (SVOD) that targets Hispanics in the United States and Puerto Rico is available now on Google TV, a platform which brings together movies, shows, and more from across the audience’s apps and subscriptions, organizing and customizing them. Google TV allows for the discovery of new things to watch, with recommendations based on what the users watch and what interests them across subscriptions and content available.

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MIAMI, Dec. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FlixLatino, the Subscription Video On Demand Service (SVOD) that targets Hispanics in the United States and Puerto Rico is available now on Google TV, a platform which brings together movies, shows, and more from across the audience’s apps and subscriptions, organizing and customizing them. Google TV allows for the discovery of new things to watch, with recommendations based on what the users watch and what interests them across subscriptions and content available. 

FlixLatino, (owned by SOMOS Next, company part of SOMOS Group) offers a selection of high-quality content for the Latino market, including options for children in its parental controlled section FlixLatino Kids. The service, one of the few that targets Hispanics exclusively, delivers content both in On Demand and linear options, adapting its usage to the most popular modalities. The service is priced at $2.99 per month, quite an attractive price versus competitors and especially in this economic environment. Content in FlixLatino comes from a variety of Spanish speaking countries (Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Puerto Rico, among others) in all genres, as well first-class content from international markets. The animation in its protected children section includes well-known brands such as Pocoyo, Angelina Ballerina, Little People, Bob the Builder and others. The availability of linear options allows for the enjoyment of a selection of content programmed to facilitate consumption and discovery. 

Luis Guillermo Villanueva, COO of SOMOS Next, declared: “we are elated for this launch on Google TV. The presence in a leading service with a quality selection of apps makes FlixLatino available to thousands of Latinos, underscoring the quality and acceptance of our service, of our content and of the value proposition that we offer. The presence on smart TV’s and connected devices on a platform such as Google TV is a key driver of growth for us in the future in this dynamic environment, especially with options that look to make things easier for the consumer.” 

FlixLatino’ s launch in Google TV makes the service available to a wider audience in many connected devices, especially important for a segment that scores highly in entertainment consumption especially in cellular phones. The service is continuously updated with features and premieres that keep it in line with a very competitive market.

About FlixLatino: FlixLatino is an SVOD service owned by SOMOS Next. It is geared towards the US Hispanic population, offering a curated selection of movies, series, documentaries and other genres in Spanish. FlixLatino’s film catalog consists of contemporary theatrical releases from Latin America and Spain and its content reflects the best in contemporary audiovisual productions. The service continuously adds new content to cater to subscriber’s demands, including weekly premieres. Consumers will enjoy a world of Spanish-language entertainment at their fingertips and can sign up here. www.flixlatino.com 

About Google TV: The entertainment you love. With a little help from Google. Google TV brings together movies, shows, live TV and more from across your apps and subscriptions and organizes them just for you. Discover new things to watch with recommendations based on what you watch and what interests you, from across your subscriptions and content available to you. Ask Google to find movies and shows, answer questions, control smart home devices, and more, with your voice. And with the Google TV app you can watch anywhere, anytime.

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Google TV is the name of this device’s software experience and a trade mark of Google LLC. Google is a trademark of Google LLC. 

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General Motors and Netflix Partner to Give EVs the Stage they Deserve

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General Motors and Netflix are joining forces to give electric vehicles (EVs) the stage they  deserve, reflecting society’s increasing excitement about an all-electric future, starting with a launch spot, “EVs On Screen.” 

In 2021, GM launched the “Everybody In” campaign, demonstrating the company’s intent to lead an all-electric future, and invited others to join the movement. GM is electrifying the automotive industry, engineering EVs with purpose-built, ground-up design, powered by the Ultium Platform, enabling EVs for everyone. 

Netflix is joining the movement and will increase the presence of EVs in Netflix-produced shows and films, where relevant, while also taking steps to enable more sustainable productions.  

“Entertainment has a huge impact on culture. We want to make EVs famous on streaming, small and silver screens to build an EV culture through storytelling that incorporates the experiences of driving and owning an EV,” said GM Global Chief Marketing Officer Deborah Wahl. “Netflix is a great partner because of the company’s compelling storytelling, commitment to sustainability and track record of sparking conversations that shape cultural trends. We are united in creating a better, more sustainable future for  our world as we bring everybody in on EVs.” 

As a result of the partnership, Netflix is supporting and educating creators, helping them to better understand how EVs can complement and enhance their stories. Over the course of the next year,  inspired by this partnership, GM EVs will be seen in select Netflix shows and films, including Love is Blind, Queer Eye and Unstable, which will feature the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, GMC HUMMER EV Pickup and Cadillac LYRIQ respectively. 

“At Netflix, we create shows and films that can influence culture and spark meaningful conversations,” said Netflix Chief Marketing Officer Marian Lee. “From the TikTok dance trends inspired by Wednesday to thoughtful discussions about climate change with Don’t Look Up, we know that entertainment can drive fandom and inspire connections. GM is a cultural leader in the auto industry and we are proud to partner with them in their efforts by amplifying the presence of electric vehicles in our shows and films.”

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In addition to Netflix’s commitment to increase the presence of EVs on screen, the company is also taking  action to become more sustainable behind the camera within its productions by optimizing energy use, then electrifying it, and decarbonizing the rest. To learn more visit: Sustainability.Netflix.com.  

As part of the rollout for this strategic alliance, a commercial that presents both companies’ commitment to a more sustainable future will air during the big game on Sunday, Feb. 12. Fans will see Will Ferrell enter the world of some of the biggest Netflix shows and films including Army of the Dead, Squid Game, and more. The creative showcases how EVs will show up on screen while highlighting the wide range of EVs GM plans to offer. More information about Netflix and GM’s joint efforts is available at gm.com/netflix

You can view the teasers below:

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Army of the Dead “Directions”
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“30 Days A Black Man” reflects on the dangerous trailblazing work of a White reporter posing as a Black man in the segregated South

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PITTSBURGH /PRNewswire/ — As we celebrate Black History Month, we take an important look back at what life was like during the Jim Crow period. Bill Steigerwald’s startling book, 30 Days A Black Man, takes us back to 1948 in the Deep South. While the year is now 2023, we are not far removed from the extreme racism of that time. Let’s look back, lest we forget…

“I quit being white, and free, and an American citizen when I climbed aboard that Jim Crow coach…I was Black, and in bondage – not quite slavery but not quite freedom, either.” – Ray Sprigle, 1948

30 Days A Black Man recounts the story of Ray Sprigle, a star reporter for the Post-Gazette – and he was White. Sprigle made the audacious choice to disguise himself as a Black man for 30 days and traveled alongside John Wesley Dobbs, a Black civil rights pioneer from Atlanta. His purpose: to experience what it was really like to be Black living in the South, and to bring greater awareness to the injustices Black people lived through daily.

Bill Steigerwald provides a vivid account of Sprigle’s journey. Sprigle witnessed the injustices faced by Black leaders, sharecroppers and family members of lynching victims; saw the inequities in education; and encountered a separate set of rules Black people had to follow under Jim Crow, such as: sitting in the back seat of vehicles; never calling a white man by his name, but calling him “mister”; or being prohibited from trying on clothes in a clothing store. He opened the eyes of White people in the North who were unaware of the unfair practices against Black people in the South.

30 Days A Black Mana retelling of Sprigle’s encounters with racism, reminds us all to be vigilant in our efforts to seek justice for all people. Released in 2017, the book is relevant today as America continues to experience racial tension.

“Ray Sprigle and Bill Steigerwald were both reporters for the Post-Gazette. 30 Days A Black Man is an important resource as we dialogue about race in America and continue to work toward justice,” says John Block, publisher of the Toledo Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Sprigle’s descriptions and undisguised outrage at “the iniquitous Jim Crow system” shocked the North, enraged the South, and ignited the first national debate in the media about ending America’s system of apartheid. Six years before Brown v. Board of Education, seven years before the murder of Emmett Till, and thirteen years before John Howard Griffin’s similar experiment became the bestseller Black Like Me, Sprigle’s intrepid journalism blasted into the American consciousness the grim reality of black lives in the South.

30 Days A Black Man by Bill Steigerwald is available on Amazon.

About Block Communications:
Block Communications, Inc., (BCI) is a 118-year-old privately held diversified media holding company headquartered in Toledo, OH. It has primary operations in cable television, newspaper publishing, high-speed Internet and residential telephone services. Publications owned by Block Communications, Inc. include The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Toledo Blade.

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Urban One Inc’s Reach Media Announces R&B Superstar Ralph Tresvant of New Edition as Host of “Love and R&B”

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SILVER SPRING, Md. /PRNewswire/ — Today, Urban One Inc’s Reach Media and Radio One announced that Ralph Tresvant, lead singer of famed supergroup New Edition, is now the new host of the network’s long-running syndicated show “Love and R&B,” heard nightly on all affiliate stations, effective February 13.

David Kantor, CEO of Urban One’s Reach Media and Radio One audio divisions, says, “Ralph Tresvant brings us a timeless brand filled with  style, charisma, and star power. He’s a great communicator with vast musical knowledge who will be creating real and riveting radio. Ralph gives us the complete brand who can quickly build a large, loyal following with must listen-to moments each and every night.”

Not coincidentally, the “Love and R&B with Ralph Tresvant” show debuts right before Valentine’s Day, building on the show’s legacy of playing classic slow jams and love songs by artists that are keeping traditional R&B music alive and well.

“I’m excited to show a side of me that I’ve never shared before through the embodiment of true R&B music,” says Tresvant. “I love the medium of radio and as a kid growing up in Boston, I was inspired by the great radio hosts I heard. I’ve learned how important it is to be on both sides of the mic. Growing up in this business, I’ve learned to be vulnerable and relatable but will also bring that New Edition excitement to the airwaves! I’m ready to connect with my fans and communities all around the US like never before! Everyone says real R&B is gone… I’m thrilled to have a radio show that will change the musical landscape.”

Tresvant continued, “Indeed, I’m thankful for this opportunity and my team Jodi Gomes, LaShawn Thomas and my agent, Gary Bernstein, who brokered the deal. I’m grateful to be a part of the Urban One family and thank my longtime supporters Cathy Hughes, Alfred Liggins, David Kantor, Kashon Powell, Gary Bond, Colby Colb, and Derek Harper.”

Ralph Tresvant has captivated audiences for 40 years as the legendary front man of New Edition, a solo artist, entertainer, writer, and producer. Now, this entertainer turned radio star will be broadcasting in top markets including Dallas, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Richmond, with additional markets to be announced.

Kashon Powell, Radio One’s VP of Programming says, “I’m excited to welcome Ralph to our Urban One family. He’s the ultimate entertainer so I’m confident that he will make an immediate connection with radio listeners across the country.”  

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About Urban One:
Urban One Inc. (urban1.com), together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets Black Americans and urban consumers in the United States. The Company owns TV One, LLC (tvone.tv), a television network serving more than 59 million households, offering a broad range of original programming, classic series and movies designed to entertain, inform, and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. As of September 30, 2022, we owned and/or operated 66 independently formatted, revenue producing broadcast stations (including 55 FM or AM stations, 9 HD stations, and the 2 low power television stations)  branded under the tradename “Radio One” in 15 urban markets in the United States. Through its controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), the Company also operates syndicated programming including the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show, and the DL Hughley Show. In addition to its radio and television broadcast assets, Urban One owns iOne Digital (ionedigital.com), our wholly owned digital platform serving the African American community through social content, news, information, and entertainment websites, including its Cassius, Bossip, HipHopWired and MadameNoire digital platforms and brands. We also have invested in a minority ownership interest in MGM National Harbor, a gaming resort located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Through our national multi-media operations, we provide advertisers with a unique and powerful delivery mechanism to the African American and urban audiences.

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