When Comic-Con International and Lionsgate announced last year the creation of a streaming video service called Comic-Con HQ, fans of the San Diego convention hoped the news would mean live access to some of the event’s most exclusive panels. On Tuesday, fans got an answer: The service will stream Hall H panels for people couldn’t get in, or aren’t even in the city, but it won’t be a live stream.
“We’re going to be working with every single studio, every single panel host to be able to take the content and put it on our platform,” said Seth Laderman, executive vice president and general manager of Comic-Con HQ, to SlashFilm. “We’re not going to be live streaming anything because we really don’t want to take away that experience of people who are the first to see and be there for it, but we can put things up shortly after.”
But whether or not said exclusive clips will be available on the app will be known on a case-by-case basis.
Comic-Con HQ is a subscription-based app, though no prices have been released yet. In addition to the panels, it will feature original short videos, Comic-Con archive footage and movies and TV shows from Lionsgate and other studios. The service will officially launch on May 7.
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