QWEST TV - Founded by Music Legend Quincy Jones - Celebrates Second Anniversary with Availability on Amazon Fire TV, Global Expansion to Japan, & New Education Partnerships Program.
Los Angeles, CA – December 17, 2019 – Qwest TV by Quincy Jones - the world's first subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform dedicated to jazz and related music forms founded by music legend Quincy Jones in collaboration with French jazz impresario and television producer Reza Ackbaraly – celebrates its second anniversary by announcing a new technology offering with availability on Amazon Fire TV, continued global expansion launching in Japan, and a new education partnerships program.
“It’s been incredible to watch our Qwest TV community grow far and wide over the past two year,” reflects Ackbaraly. “Deeply rooted in jazz values, Qwest TV bridges cultures and celebrates cultural mixes. We share music that blends the world heartbeats and inspirations. Qwest TV’s programming aims at inspiring shared colorful futures.”
With over 750 hours of music programs (concerts, documentaries, interviews, archives) and 50 original premium programs available since the platform launched in December 2017 (available on Desktop, iOS & Android Mobile & Tablet devices), Qwest TV is proud to announce its availability on Amazon Fire TV. With its addition to Fire TV, Qwest TV joins an ecosystem that has more than 37 million active users worldwide.
“We are thrilled to launch Qwest TV on Amazon Fire TV, one of the leading services in the OTT world, and give access to our content anytime, anywhere, on any devices, including television,” says Ackbaraly. “This deal is the first in a long series of forthcoming content distribution deals we are in the process of closing for 2020.”
While Qwest TV is currently available in over 50 countries, the platform has launched in Japan, the world’s second largest music market, effective December 15, 2019. In addition to the platform’s current content offerings, Qwest TV Japan will offer 200 programs curated specifically for the local market. Each program will feature video-related information translated to Japanese, as well as the original liner notes. Content will be added on a daily basis following launch date. The platform will also feature upcoming playlists by Japan's major music clubs (including Blue Note Tokyo, Cotton Club and Motion Blue) developed around their scheduled forthcoming acts.
“Jazz content and music in general has significant appeal to the Japanese market historically,” adds Ackbaraly. “This is a natural addition for us, especially through a localized version of Qwest TV with strong local partners such as Blue Note, Motion Blue and Cotton Club.”
Events celebrating the platform’s launch in Japan will be announced in the coming days, presented in partnership with Rittor Music and supported by their publication, Jazz Guitar Magazine.
Commemorating its second anniversary, Qwest TV also announces a new education partnership program with select universities worldwide, offering students enrolled in participating schools complete access to Qwest TV for free. Initial university partners include Princeton University, The University of the Arts, University of Central Oklahoma, Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, and University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, with additional schools to be announced in the coming months.
“Knowledge is one of the most important tools we can equip our youth with, because once you have given them the opportunity to learn something new, no one can ever take that away,” states Quincy Jones.
In addition to these latest announcements, Qwest TV continues to add new content which supports its new slogan, “From Be-Bop to Hip-Hop,” to reflect its further expansion of content offerings in additional jazz-related musical genres such as hip-hop, R&B, soul, and world music. New content coinciding with Qwest TV’s programming expansion will include original programs such as De La Soul (Live in France), an Aretha Franklin Tribute program featuring Antibalas, José James, Bettye LaVette and more, the Gospel According to Al Green, Black Wax (Gil Scott Heron) and many more.
The platform will also continue to feature premium music content, including an upcoming “Quincy Jones Presents: A Musical Celebration, Live in Paris conducted by Jules Buckley” (a Qwest TV original program), content partnerships with various European-based jazz clubs such as Moods Jazz Club in Zurich (100 programs, evenly split between new shows and archives), as well as artist curators including Chick Corea, Ed Motta, Michael League, Youssou N’Dour, Van Morrisson, and more. Various new and original content is consistently added to Qwest TV on a daily basis.
Visit http://www.videos.qwest.tv/ for a complete list of content.
Subscriptions are available for a monthly fee of US$9,99 or Yearly for US$ 99.
All subscription tiers are ad-free. Customers can subscribe at www.qwest.tv.
About “Qwest TV by Quincy Jones”
Co-founded by Reza Ackbaraly & Quincy Jones, Qwest TV launched its beta version in 2018. Qwest TV is the first-ever video streaming service dedicated to jazz, soul, funk and hip-hop. It offers a journey, as Quincy says, “From Bebop to Hip Hop.” With more than 750 hours of concerts, documentaries, archive footage and interviews (all in HD & 4K), Qwest TV offers its subscribers a unique and all-encompassing experience. Qwest TV is available in 50 countries, and on all devices in French, English and Japanese.
For more information on Qwest TV, visit www.qwest.tv.