Sports Illustrated TV, an over-the-top subscription video service launched today on Amazon channels. The Time Inc. owned platform will not broadcast live games, or have a highlights/recap show. Sports Illustrated TV will offer 130 hours of sports movies such as Rocky and The Bad News Bears, along with documentaries and talk shows.
Time Inc. CEO Rich Battista said, “Sports Illustrated TV is a new home for sports lovers who want to go beyond sports highlights and heated debates with distinctive, immersive and entertaining original programming curated through the trusted Sports Illustrated lens.”
According to Variety, the five SI TV original shows when the service launches will be:
- “The Vault”: Series revisits some of the biggest stories that have appeared in Sports Illustrated in its 63-year history with new on-camera interviews.
- “SI: Under the Cover”: Profiles of subjects from current issues of the mag, such as an interview with NFL star Julio Jones.
- “The Crossover”: A basketball lifestyle talk show about the players, games, culture, fashion and memes, hosted by SI.com writers Matt Dollinger and Rohan Nadkarni.
- “Planet Futbol”: Hosted by the soccer writer Grant Wahl, the series delves into the sport around the globe with guests from Europe and the Americas.
- “The Line” (working title): Show about sports betting and daily fantasy sports.
The subscription will cost $4.99 per month. Amazon Prime members will be able to access Sports Illustrated TV through Amazon Fire TV, the Prime Video app, and at www.amazon.com/amazonchannels.