Viacom-owned BET is set to launch its own streaming service.
BET+ will launch later this year with over 1,000 hours of programming.
The joint venture with Tyler Perry Studios will include new original programming alongside existing BET shows.
However, no pricing details for the service have yet been revealed.
It will also become the streaming home to Perry’s films and stage plays.
“African Americans are the leading consumers of streaming services, with higher SVOD adoption rates than other consumers,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks.
The first original series from the service will be First Wives Club, a remake of the classic 1996 revenge comedy starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton.
The BET+ streaming service will be available at launch on Android devices such as Samsung Galaxy, iOS devices such as the Apple iPad and iPhone, as well as other streaming devices.
“On a personal level, this will also be the first time I’ll be working in areas like unscripted and variety television, which will afford me the opportunity to work in fresh, creative ways with new voices and to discover new talent,” said Tyler Perry.
BET also recently launched a channel on Pluto TV, the leading free streaming television service in the U.S., showing classic films and box office hits.
The primary BET channel is in nearly 85 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France.