We now know when BET+ will debut and its cost. It will cost $9.99 and launch in the United States on Thursday, September 19.
Here's what the network says: BET+ will offer consumers an original and diverse collection of premier African American-focused dramas, sitcoms, film, stand-up comedy, and specials in the streaming universe. It will also be the official home of Tyler Perry’s collected works across film, television, and the stage. BET+ programming will be ad-free, with new titles added on a monthly basis.
The streamer will launch with Tracy Oliver's First Wives Club, Will Packer's Bigger and several original series from Tyler Perry. It will also be the streaming home of Martin, the first time Comic View will be on a streaming service and the first time Tyler Perry's stage plays will be available on a streaming service.
“We are thrilled to offer a streaming experience of content curated for the underserved African American audience with BET+. African Americans have a higher SVOD adoption rate than any other consumer base on the market, which is why BET+ is a natural complement of BET’s linear network, which has been and continues to be the leading home of Black culture for decades,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks.
“In our first year, we will release a BET+ original project almost every month, adding to our lineup of deep and diverse content,” said Devin Griffin, General Manager BET+. “We’re focused on super-serving lovers of Black stories by working with top talent, and supporting fresh new voices, on both sides of the camera.”
BET originals and BET library content will be available from the jump, including: The Bobby Brown Story, The New Edition Story, Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Quad, Being Mary Jane, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, College Hill, Comic View, Hell Date, Keyshia Cole: All In, Nellyville, Reed Between The Lines, Ali: People’s Champ, Katrina: 10 Years Later, Killer Curves, BET Awards, Hip Hop Awards, Soul Train Awards, Black Girls Rock, Boomerang, Harlem Nights, Baby Boy, Belly, Coach Carter, Coming To America, Higher Learning, Losing Isaiah, Poetic Justice and Tina Turner Live In Holland.
Stand-up specials will be on the way from D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin, Nick Cannon, Sasheer Zamata, Lil Rel, Gina Yashere and Sinbad. Programs from BET's Viacom sibling network, VH1 will also be on the streamer, including: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Basketball Wives, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. Comedy Central’s Why? With Hannibal Buress, MTV’s Todrick, TV Land’s Soul Man, and Nick @ Night’s Instant Mom will also be available.