SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) announced that The Roku Channel will be the exclusive AVOD partner for the Adult Swim Festival, a three-part special featuring performances from the live event that took place in Philadelphia in August 2022. The special will be available for audiences to stream for free with ads on The Roku Channel starting September 23, 2022.
Featuring electric performances by headliners Run The Jewels, Tierra Whack, and Dethklok, this year’s Adult Swim Festival was a weekend of curated shows and experiences in Philadelphia’s famed Fishtown neighborhood. Roku’s Adult Swim Festival special will also include backstage interviews with performers El-P and Killer Mike of Run The Jewels and Tierra Whack.
In addition to bringing audiences the three-part special, The Roku Channel will also offer over 120 select episodes from more than 16 fan-favorite Adult Swim series and shorts beginning September 23. Highlights include Vindicators 2, the digital spin-off to hit animated comedy Rick and Morty, the Rick and Morty-inspired anime shorts, and the Aqua Teen Hunger Force digital spin-off Aquadonk Side Pieces, alongside episodes of famed Adult Swim series Robot Chicken, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, Metalocalypse, and more.
Episodes/Shorts arriving on The Roku Channel include:
- Alabama Jackson Digital Shorts
- Ambient Swim
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force
- Aquadonk Side Pieces Digital Shorts
- Black Dynamite
- Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal
- Joe Pera Talks with You
- Loiter Squad
- Rick and Morty Anime Digital Shorts
- Robot Chicken
- Samurai Jack
- SMILING FRIENDS
- Teenage Euthanasia
- Tuca & Bertie
- Vindicators 2 Digital Shorts
- YOLO: Crystal Fantasy
Michael Ouweleen, President of Adult Swim and Cartoon Network: “This year’s Adult Swim Festival was particularly special as it marked our return to live events, and our first time bringing the Festival to the East Coast. Packed with some incredible performances, I can’t wait for our fans to experience the energy and excitement of this year’s festival thanks to The Roku Channel!”
Jennifer Vaux, Head of Content Acquisition, The Roku Channel: “The Roku Channel is thrilled to be the exclusive AVOD home for the Adult Swim Festival, and we look forward to making the standout performances from the live event available for millions of streamers to also enjoy. In addition to the special, we’re also proud to now offer a wide catalog of Adult Swim’s iconic content library for our audience.”
Streamers can access the programming on September 23 on The Roku Channel.
Launched in 2017, The Roku Channel is the home of free and premium entertainment on the Roku platform. It was the No. 1 FAST service by active account reach on the Roku platform in the U.S. in Q2 2022. In Q4 2021, The Roku Channel reached U.S. households with an estimated 80 million people. The Roku Channel was a top 5 channel on the Roku platform in the U.S. by active account reach and streaming hour engagement in Q2 2022. Today, The Roku Channel features a diverse lineup of more than 80,000 free movies and programs and over 300 free live linear television channels in the U.S. It licenses and distributes content from more than 300 partners. In addition to Roku devices, The Roku Channel is available on Web, iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV and select Samsung TVs and can be accessed internationally in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
About Adult Swim:
Adult Swim is the leader in adult animation and #1 destination for young adults for over fifteen years, offering critically acclaimed, award-winning original and acquired series such as Rick and Morty, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, The Eric Andre Show, and Tuca & Bertie. Fan favorite anime block, Toonami, airs on Saturday nights and has expanded beyond acquisitions, producing original series including Housing Complex C, Uzumaki, and new seasons of FLCL. The annual Adult Swim Festival reaches a global audience, and features performances by top musicians and comedians. Adult Swim airs nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on its linear channel and reaches fans via HBO Max. Connect with Adult Swim on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok. Subscribe to Adult Swim on YouTube.
About Roku, Inc.
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