The science fiction-themed TV channel DUSTx is expanding. The service is currently available on ROKU, but will soon be available on Comcast FLEX, Vizio TV and Sling TV, plus Samsung TV Plus in the UK, taking its programming outside of the US for the first time. In addition to its current library of titles, which includes movies like ‘Event Horizon’, and ‘The Running Man’, TV series like ‘Mystery Science Theatre 3000’, and ‘Roswell’, as well as a variety of short films, DUSTx is set to introduce two original series, ‘Orpheus Project’ and ‘Restoration’.
The channel will role these programs out in unique ways. The entire first season of ‘Orpheus Project’ will be released on September 20, and the entire second season will arrive on October 20. The first episode of ‘Restoration’ will arrive on September 9, and will be released one episode a day through September 13.
‘Orpheus Project’ hails from creators Gal Zaid, Roni Idor, Ruti Zaid and Michal Aviram. Here is its synopsis:
From Endemol Shine Israel comes “Orpheus Project”, two original seasons commissioned by HOT Israel, where it was also popular on the channel’s VOD platform An Israeli series that follows five elite medical students chosen for a special prestigious program run by a renowned professor. They spend their days moving from operating room to hospital bed actively trying to save lives, but by night they tap into the secret world of the after-life. During a near-death experience, they discover a mysterious portal that can transport them to the uncharted world of the hereafter. What they soon realize is that the portal goes both ways. Once the gate is opened, even for the slightest moment, death becomes an endless visitor, providing supernatural powers that help them become better doctors but also undermine everything they know about themselves. The series stars Netflix’s “Fauda” series breakout star Yuval Segal. “Orpheus Project” has also been adapted in the Netherlands. The company is part of Endemol Shine Group who have a portfolio of scripted superbrands including Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror as well as Humans, Grantchester and Tin Star, all of which have aired in 100 or more markets. Israeli pay TV broadcaster are behind a range of hits including Euphoria which has just sold to HBO and Queens which is currently in production for its second series with Endemol Shine Israel.
‘Restoration’ was written by Stuart Willis and Matthew Clayfield, with Willis directing the series.
“Restoration” is a five-part series starring Grant Cartwright (Barracuda), Stephen Carracher (Vanished) and Nadia Townsend (Knowing, City Homicide) set in the near future where a company offers individuals the service of having their memories downloaded “for backup” – in the event of death, those memories can be uploaded into a new body. After a routine backup, Oliver Klein wakes to find his memories restored into a body that is not his own. Trapped in a foreign body with its own ‘muscle memory’, Oliver discovers that he is capable of doing things the original Oliver never could… and never would. Oliver must find a way to reconnect with his family and his life while coming face-to-face with the truth that he is no longer the only Oliver Klein.
To announced the expansion of DUSTx, a statement was released which also details other upcoming projects from the outlet:
Since its launch on Roku, DUSTx has surpassed our expectations in terms of viewership and retention, driven in large part by our loyal fanbase of sci-fi lovers,” said Eric Bromberg, DUST GM . “In response to audience demand, we are expanding our distribution to more platforms as well as our programming with more original and global series.”
DUSTx has quickly become the go-to destination for science fiction, offering timeless classics like Event Horizon, The Running Man, “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” and “Roswell”, alongside cutting-edge fare like A Scanner Darkly and dozens of provocative original short films.
As a producer, distributor and purveyor of premium sci-fi content, DUST recently premiered the sci-fi western, PROSPECT, in theaters across the country, as well as the feature-length AI documentary, More Human Than Human and secured the rights to # 1 New York Times best-selling author, Kyle Higgins’ (Nightwing) Alec Siegel (Batman Beyond) and Rod Reis’ (Winter Soldier) interstellar noir comic, Hadrian’s Wall, and has partnered with Higgins to develop into a feature film.
If you use ROKU, have you checked out DUSTx? Can this become a major competitor to Syfy, FX and the other channels out there?
Source: Bloody Disgusting