On Friday, Asian LGBTQ+ streaming platform GagaOOLala officially launched all over the world — except for China and North Korea — just in time for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and right before Pride.
The company behind the online film and television service, Portico Media, is one of the co-founders of the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival. "Of course there are LGBT-focused services in Europe and the U.S., but they're almost exclusively Western. There are very few Asian titles, and if there are, they're more Asian American, or from a U.S.-centric or Western-centric point of view," CEO Jay Lin told Variety. "This is the first time where an OTT service is available globally with such a high concentration of Asian content."
But the streamer's options aren't limited to Asian titles, either. It also includes films like French thriller 7 Minutes and Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award Winner, Brazilian film Brief Story from the Green Planet.
Lin told Variety, "I hope we'll be able to create interesting collaborations, co-production and stories that are not singularly of one country or one region. That's the long term goal, though there's no real map for how to get there."
A GagaOOLala subscription costs $6.99 a month, but has about 30 titles for viewers to watch for free as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. You can subscribe here.