Following a soft launch last October, XiveTV, an over-the-top network dedicated to documentaries, has officially gone live with its subscription video-on-demand service.
Created by Alliant Content in 2014, and headed by documentary veterans Greg Diefenbach and Thomas Lucas, XiveTV carries long-form documentaries grouped by categories (which the network calls "collections") such as Pure Nature, Pure Science, Pure History and others. The network features Alliant's originally produced content alongside documentary programming from more than 20 media companies, including ITV, Sky Vision, Digital Rights Group, Cineflix and others.
Users can watch XiveTV's 2,000 hours of content free, with ads included, via its apps for iOS and Android, or on the Hulu, Amazon Instant Video and YouTube platforms. Additionally, users can subscribe to the OTT network via the mobile apps for $4.99 per month to stream videos without ads. The service has about 500,000 subscribers so far, Alliant said, adding that it plans to expand the service to the Roku and Fire TV platforms within "the coming months."