Why BET Founder, Robert L. Johnson revolutionary urban movie entertainment channel, UMC, launched with help from Meek Mill, Young Jeezy, Jess Hilarious, Meagan Good, D.L Hughley, Gary Owen & others will prove to be the Black Netflix!

Written by: Alexandria Jordan – May 14th, 2020 3:53pm pst

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BET founder, Robert L. Johnson, has done it again! In 2015, he launched Urban Movie Channel, which is a digital subscription Video on Demand channel for African-American and urban audiences. Through RLJ Entertainment, UMC features quality urban content and showcases feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up comedy, and other exclusive content. 

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“We believe that we can quickly become the preeminent provider of quality urban entertainment to what has largely been an underserved, yet highly engaged audience,” Johnson stated in reference to his new project.

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With new titles added weekly, UMC has plenty of movies to choose from, such as I Got the Hookup 2 featuring Romeo Miller, John Witherspoon, Sheryl Underwood, Jess Hilarious, and Young Jeezy and Streets featuring Meek Mill and “Dysfunctional Friends” featuring Terrell Owens, Meagan Good, Essence Atkins, Jason Weaver, Stacy Dash, and Keith Robinson. As well as live stand-up comedies by D.L Hughley, Nephew Tommy, and Gary Owen. There are also a plethora of short films, stage plays, and documentaries. UMC has also added tv shows, such as Growing Up Hip Hop, as well as several original series like Behind Her Faith starring Essence Atkins and Neicy Nash. 


UMC subscribers can access UMC from Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV (tvOS version), iPhone/iPad, Android mobile and tablets, Chromecast, and on laptops, desktops, and tablets. 

“We are very excited about the launch of the UMC app as part of the iOS platform,” Johnson said in a press release. “The iOS app will give UMC the ability to reach millions of potential subscribers while also giving us a level playing field to compete with some of the top digital-streaming content brands. More importantly, UMC is enhancing its commitment to becoming available to African-American and urban households who want to access the compelling content we provide for their specific viewing interests, as well as to provide them with an alternative to the high-priced costs of a cable set-top box.”

Users can sign up for a free 7-day trial at https://umc.tv/signup/. The new customer’s free trial offers a week of unlimited access to UMC. Once the free 7 days are up, users have the option of being billed $4.99/month or as an annual subscription of $49.99/year (plus applicable taxes) until the UMC subscription is cancelled. 

As of right now, UMC is only available in the United States. For the latest updates about premiere dates and new shows, follow the UMC Facebook page and sign-up for their monthly newsletter.

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About The Author:

Alexandria Jordan is an on-air host and red carpet correspondent with AfterBuzz TV and Black Hollywood Live. She is passionate about all things entertainment and loves connecting with people who share similar interests.

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