Ad-supported streaming platform Xumo said it launched two channels in time for trick or treat season. The Halloween Horror channel will feature mostly AVOD-exclusive movies, including turtles such as The Gravedigger, Those Who Walk Away, Hideout, While We Sleep, and Homebound.
Declining subscriber numbers, slowing revenue growth, market saturation and an impending recession—sounds like the plot of Nightmare on Streamer Street, but it is the reality facing the various players in streaming TV. As major platforms seek relief from a sinister year, the likes of Michael Myers, Pinhead and Chucky may serve as unlikely heroes.
The best holiday TV is Halloween TV. You might assume the best holiday TV is Christmas TV — you’ve been told this for years. But you’ve been told wrong. Halloween TV is about allowing the people who make TV to blow off steam, if only for a single episode.
It’s not hard to figure out why TV loves Halloween as a theme. It’s visual, it’s got great storylines and viewers love the escapism of it all. Halloween is great fun, which is exactly why it’s great TV. Halloween is big on TV. Scary big. It always has been. The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror” turns 24 this year. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is 47. And each remains a stalwart of October viewing.