BET and Tyler Perry Studios have set a launch date and price for their new streaming service, BET .
Starting Sept. 19, the subscription video on demand service will be available for $9.99 a month, featuring exclusive new programming and existing movies, series and specials from leading African American creators including Tyler Perry, Will Packer, “Girl’s Trip” screenwriter Tracy Oliver and others.
New series to premiere exclusively at the platform’s launch include Oliver’s nine-episode scripted drama “First Wives Club” and Will Packer’s ten-episode series “Bigger.” You can watch a teaser video for “First Wives Club” below.
Tyler Perry’s collected works across film, television and stage will also be available to stream on the platform at launch, with a yet-unnamed new original series coming to BET sometime in the next year.
“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 BET Networks President Scott Mills.
“In our first year, we will release a BET original project almost every month, adding to our lineup of deep and diverse content,” said BET General Manager Devin Griffin. “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.”