New Houston-based streaming service features the best of Bayou City
Fans of Houston and Texas culture and personalities who want to see even more coverage have a new outlet. Local production house IVOX Media has launched IVOX+, a new streaming service available through several partner apps and devices.
Featuring original local programming, independent films, classic films and music, IVOX+ is available for download for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as well as Google Play for Android phones and tablets.
For larger screen options, the service is also available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox devices, and Samsung TVs, smart TVs, and other devices. Subscribers pay $5.99 a month for indie movies, shorts, original series, and thousands of movie classics and old-school TV shows.
“As an independent streaming service made in Texas, IVOX+ speaks directly to Texas culture, music, sports and film,” IVOX founder Louie Comella told CultureMap. “The independent spirit that is unique to Texas is found in many original IVOX+ programs that showcase Texas brands, businesses, destinations and people.”
Original local programs include Beerliners, Distillery Arts and Food Civilization, which feature Yellow Rose Distilling, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, 8th Wonder Brewery, Clutch Distilling and Chef Ryan Pera of Coltivare and Agricole Hospitality.
Meanwhile, sports personality Lauren Leal (ESPN 97.5FM, Channel 2 KPRC, CW39 and AT&T Sportsnet), will host Sports with Balls with co-host Jeff Michael.
Other Houston subjects and programs include The Art Car Parade, Chinatown, The Mahatma Gandhi District, and The Navigation Esplanade in IVOX+ Es La Realidad originals, Stories from Chinatown, and Reel Humans.
Houston filmmakers featured on IVOX+ include Courtney Glaude, Stan Hillard, Jantel Fontenot and Bob Willems. Musical artists Zak The Tyrant, Dalton D’Rich, Jono Jono, Rxbyn and Doug Westscott will be featured in the cinematic musical series.
Plans for IVOX+ include linear and live channels over the next year for its media brands, including Comedy Show TV, Food Civilization and IVOX MUSIC, with curated channels from Houston, Las Vegas and Palm Springs, California.
The streaming service was born out of Comella (a commercial film executive producer), who, along with fellow cinematographer Gracie Henley, experienced the challenges independent artists face getting their work seen by an audience, notes a version.
“Given all the streaming platforms available, there is still no real entry point for independents to actually see their work seen by a global audience,” Comella said in a statement. “The days of meeting a studio executive to get the big break are long gone. IVOX+ was created to support independent filmmakers and content creators, as well as being a destination for independent films, short films and new artists.
Other Texas topics, according to a press release, include:
- Austin city limits
- Kyle Park
- Deep Eddy Vodka
- The continental club
- Soco neighborhood
- Reverend Horton Heat
- Ricky Derek
- Greenville Lower Neighborhood
- Jimmy’s Italian Grocery
- The Blue Star Brewing Co.
- phantom rockers
- by Rico
- Rebecca Creek Distillery
- Sam’s Burger Joint
- Pearl Brewery
- The BlueStar First Friday Event
- southern city
For more information or to stream the service, visit www.IVOXplus.com.