New York, NY (Hollywood Unlocked) — X On Demand is a Netflix-style site, with a social twist that boasts a growing library of works by Black filmmakers, with at least one person of Black American/African decent in a leading role, both in front of and behind the lens.
While billing itself as a platform “dedicated to showcasing works by Black filmmakers and content creators”, XOD steps up the streaming game by incorporating numerous social media features where subscribers to the site will be able to connect with one another through:
• Friend’s lists
• Direct messaging
• Live public and private text and video chat on movie/show page and more.
“When I originally set out to create the site, I knew that I wanted it to be something that would be a game changer for Black creators, like myself, who were struggling to find a home for their work”, says X On Demand Founder and CEO Rashidah De Vore. “After I began doing more research into the market and breaking down the pros and cons of what was out there, I realized I needed to do something more to really set us apart. It was then that I started looking towards not only making XOD an entertainment destination from the streaming end, but in a way that was culturally relevant to the Black community. We’re already using a mix of platforms to voice our opinions on shows and movies we’ve watched – why not have it all in one place.”
XOD offers three monthly subscription plans, with prices ranging from free to $9.99. Each includes Ultra HD and HD video streaming (where applicable), and the site is accessible across all desktop, laptop, and mobile devices – with dedicated mobile and TV apps set to debut later this year.
To celebrate its launch, the first 5000 Gold plan subscribers ($4.99/mo) will receive their first month free. Considering certain features, such as video chatting, are only available on the Gold and Black ($9.99/mo) plans – now may be the time to take advantage of it.