By Ken Stone, mynewsla.com
Grammy-winning music producer and composer Quincy Jones announced Friday the formation of Qwest TV, billed as the world’s first subscription video-on-demand platform dedicated to jazz and jazz-inspired music forms.
Scheduled to debut this fall, Qwest TV will make available to subscribers a selection of content including concerts, documentaries, interviews and archival footage on mobile devices and computers for a monthly fee starting at $7.49.
Pre-launch subscriptions to Qwest TV will be available starting Sept. 6 via Kickstarter.
The first 1,500 “co-founding subscribers” will be able to help develop Qwest TV before the rollout of the service in the fall.
“The dream of Qwest TV is to let jazz and music lovers everywhere experience these incredibly rich and diverse musical traditions in a whole new way,” said Jones, winner of 27 Grammys and an Emmy. “Over the course of my 70-year career in music, I have witnessed firsthand the power of jazz — and all of its offspring from the blues and R&B to pop, rock and hip-hop — to tear down walls and bring the world together.”
Qwest TV has secured international rights to more than 400 titles and plans to acquire an additional 600 titles within its first three years.