Learn everything we know about BET Plus including content, price, release date and more.
During the 2019 BET Awards, Tyler Perry announced that he would be partnering with BET to offer BET Plus.
What is BET Plus?
BET’s subscription streaming service. No ads. Commercial free. Available anytime, anywhere.
“BET+ will feature more than 1,000 hours of ad-free content, including original programming and fan-favorite series, movies and specials.” (Source)
When will BET Plus be available?
The BET Plus release date is scheduled for September 19, 2019.
How much will BET Plus cost?
The BET Plus price will be $9.99 per month. You can sign up for a free trial. Be one of the first to stream BET Plus!
Which platforms will BET+ be available on?
The BET Plus Streaming Service (and BET+ App) look a lot like the Netflix mobile interface. There will be a “recommended for you” and “continue watching” section. Choose from scripted hits, documentaries and more. Within each title, you can play and pause playback, select an episode, watch extras and explore related titles.
The BET Plus Streaming App will be available for iOS, Android, smart TVs and set-top boxes (i.e. Roku).
What shows or movies will be available on BET Plus?
TV shows you grew up with, new series. Tyler Perry’s full catalog. 1,000+ hours of Black content. (This will make the BET Plus streaming price worth it alone!) The library will include the following movies, which you can purchase before the network launches:
- American Gangster
- BET Comicview
- Real Husbands of Hollywood
- New Edition
- Basketball Wives
- Girlfriends (Final Season)
- Diary of a Mad Black Woman
- Meet the Browns
- Being Mary Jane
- BET Awards
- First Wives Club
- Murder in the Thirst
- About the Business
- Baldwin Hills
- Being Terry Kennedy
BET Plus will be the streaming home of his long-running “Madea” comedy franchise and it will host videos of the touring stage plays that made Perry a force among in the African-American community starting in the 1990s. It will be the official home of Perry’s collected works across film, TV and stage. This will make the streaming service a great deal no matter how much is BET Plus going to cost!
Who started BET+?
BET Plus is a joint venture between BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios. Tyler Perry, Will Packer and Tracy Oliver will be featured heavily on the streaming platform.
Tyler Perry is a world-renowned producer, director, actor, screenwriter, playwright, author, songwriter, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is well known for the Madea character. Will Packer is an American film producer known for Night School, Girls Trip, Ride Along, Think Like a Man and more. Tracy Y. Oliver is an American film and television writer, producer, actor. She is known for Girls Trip (as the writer), Barbershop: The Next Cut, The Sun is Also a Star and Little.
Who started BET?
Robert L. Johnson decided to launch his own cable television network. The network, which was named Black Entertainment Television (BET), launched on January 25, 1980.
Initially broadcasting for two hours a week as a block of programming on the Madison Square Garden Sports Network (which would change their name to USA Network three months after BET), the network’s lineup consisted of music videos and reruns of popular black sitcoms. (Source: BET Media Room)
According to Fortune, it would not be until 1983 that BET became a full-fledged entity, independent of any other channel or programming block.
In 2001, the network was bought by Viacom. In 2005, Johnson retired from the network, turning over his titles of president and chief executive officer.
Will there be original series and content on BET Plus?
BET Plus’ 2019 premiere will include the comedy series “First Wives Club.” Based on the 1996 film, the 10-episode First Wives Club stars Jill Scott (Black Lightning), Ryan Michelle Bathe (This Is Us) and Michelle Buteau (Enlisted) as three New York City women who form a united front after all of their marriages fall apart.
Why is a streaming service like BET Plus important?
“African-Americans are the leading consumers of streaming services, with higher SVOD adoption rates than other consumers, which is why we’re so excited to launch a premium product for this underserved audience.
BET Plus is a natural extension of BET’s linear network, which has been the leading home of black culture for decades,” said Mills.
“Tyler Perry is the perfect partner for BET Plus. The combination of new, original shows and his giant library of popular movies, series and stage plays that Tyler brings to our joint venture creates an amazing product for his large and passionate fan base.”
If you are interested in BET Plus, also check out 100’s of Black movies on Netflix, too.
Amazon Prime also features Black sitcoms like A Different World and The Cosby Show, reality TV shows like Big Freedia, daytime TV show Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, and movies like Why Did I Get Married Too?, Biker Boyz, and Tyler Perry’s Boo! 2 A Madea Halloween.
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