American users of the streaming player Roku are to enjoy an exclusive preview of AOL’s first long-form series Connected (pictured) one week ahead of its official premiere.
The series – a 20 x 30-minute adaptation of the Armoza Formats-produced Israeli show – follows six New Yorkers who document their lives using hand-held camcorders, and is to debut in the U.S. on AOL’s digital video service, the AOL On network, on March 31. The show will be produced by Israeli prodco Koda Communications in association with Warrior Poets.
Starting today (March 24), Roku users are able to watch the pilot episode using the AOL On Roku streaming channel. Remaining episodes of the series will be released four at a time on a bi-weekly basis, beginning March 31 and ending on May 25.
AOL first revealed its move into long-form unscripted series last April. Prior to the series, most of the content on AOL On included short-form original content, in which episodes ran between three and five minutes.
Connected has thus far been sold into 11 markets, including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Holland, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Romania and Ukraine. FremantleMedia International partnered with AOL in January to globally distribute the series.