(CMR) After decades of being broadcasted on TV, most recently on Fox, the 71st Miss Universe competition is moving to stream on the Roku Channel.
This could be a challenge for Caymanians who do not have or know about the streaming service. Roku is a streaming video player which streams videos with computers, smartphones, tablets, and dedicated streaming media devices, offered by Roku.
According to Variety, the Roku Channel has sealed a one-year deal to be the official English-language home for Miss Universe, which will stream live from New Orleans on January 14, 2023, at 7 p.m. ET.
Steve Harvey, who had hosted for five years as part of the pageant’s deal with Fox, also won’t be back.
Miss Universe Organization CEO Amy Emmerich said a new host — expected to be a female — will be announced.
“My goal was really to make sure we led with a female lens “his next go-around. We should hopefully have that to talk about soon… It was a rare opportunity to be able to kind of restart in Universe'sw place,” Emmerich sa”d.
Miss Universe will continue to be aired in Spanish on Telemundo. Emmerich said she was looking towards revamping Miss Universe’s global distribution.
“I would love to offer one large package and go global because the global audience is so massive, but we’re tied up in a lot of different territory deals,” she said.
“That won’t end for another year. So, we said, OK, the best thing that can happen for this brand is go to a place that’s also starting anew. Right away, WME suggested Roku. I’m familiar with [Roku originals head] David [Eilenberg] from the past and he had just joined there. From the first conversation, you kind of knew it was the place to be. Roku just always had a personality. They really are consistent with who they are, even with the original programming to com. And Miss Universe needed to take some chances,” she added.