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AOL gives Roku exclusive “Connected” preview

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.
March 24, 2015

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.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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