Comic-Con International and Lionsgate have announced that free beta access to their previously-announced SVOD platform, Comic-Con HQ, will be available in May — before officially premiering in June in anticipation of the 49th Comic-Con gathering in San Diego.

The paid, ad-free subscription service will feature both original scripted and unscripted series, as well as content captured at past and present Comic-Con events. Beta access will be available on mobile devices and desktops at before rolling out to additional platforms like Roku, AppleTV, and Xbox One in coming months.

“The new platform will provide a year-round destination to enjoy all facets of the community,” said HQ’s EVP and general manager, Seth Laderman, in a statement, “and access the vast diversity of content the world has come to expect from the largest and longest-running pop cultural celebration of the year.”

Original programming will include: recurring entertainment news and commentary shows produced by G4 alums Adam Kessler and Kevin Pereira; two round-table shows about movies and female perspectives on pop culture; Kings of Con, a scripted comedy about real-life convention experiences; Impossible Science, about how science can be harnessed to pull off magical feats; and the cosplay fashion reality series Her Universe.

Additionally, Comic-Con HQ will give subscribers a peek at the infamous gathering from the comforts of home, with live-streamed (and archived) panels, interviews, previews and awards presentations from the event.

The service will also feature a library of licensed movies and TV series “featuring genre greats and hidden gems from science-fiction, fantasy, cult classics, action/adventure and horror,” according to Comic-Con and Lionsgate.

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