The Film Arcade and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have entered into a multi-year home entertainment distribution agreement in which Universal will handle all marketing, sales and distribution services for Blu-ray, DVD, electronic sell-through, video-on-demand and television of The Film Arcade films in the U.S. and Canada.
On Demand TV
Anime Network, an independent programmer of Japanese anime and pop culture entertainment, has launched a premium subscription video on demand service on Xfinity On Demand, now available to Comcast customers across Xfinity TV platforms.
Cinedigm has announced a partnership with leading LeEco to launch a new streaming content program as part of LeEco’s U.S. launch. Cinedigm’s over-the-top streaming channels Dove Channel and CONtv will be available to LeEco consumers on LeEco’s ecophones and ecotvs. In addition, select Cinedigm content will also be available within Live, LeEco’s innovative integrated content channel. The two companies are exploring additional partnership opportunities for channels and content both domestically and overseas.
Created by Schuyler Helford a Los Angeles-based producer, writer and comedic actress (Anger Management, The Middle), the new web series Indoorsy is an original comedy about three agoraphobics who decide to move in together and open a day spa inside their apartment, appropriately called spa-partment. “I have learned that that color-correction is such a crucial part of setting the tone for the story, especially in comedy,” said Helford.
Dolby Laboratories, Vudu, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have announced the first slate of titles now available in ultra high definition with Dolby Vision high dynamic range imaging. Dolby Vision titles now available for purchase and rental on Vudu include the all-new release The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and fan favorites Lucy, Oblivion, and Lone Survivor.
Over the coming months, 70 new titles from the extensive BBC archives will become available to Digital Theatre+’s customers across the globe, spanning over 30 years of recorded British theatre and theatrical commentary. The rapidly growing education platform is more than doubling the collection of education and video content that will be available in the library by the start of the 2017 academic year.
Horace and Pete is a 2016 web series created, written, and directed by Louis C.K. A distinctive feature of the series is frequent references to highly topical current events during barroom discussions. This was made possible by having less than a week between the production and release of the episodes. It was also one of the reasons that the VariCam 35s were chosen for the show, according to post-production technical advisor Troy Thompson a longtime C.K. collaborator and colorist at New York’s Running Man.
The European Audiovisual Observatory has published a report entitled On demand services and the material scope of the AVMSD. Free to download here, the 70-page report analyzes the scope of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive – the current legal text applicable to broadcasting and VOD in Europe) as well as looking at the recent proposals presented on May 25 by Commissioners Ansip and Oettinger on possible changes to this pivotal legal text.
One of the hottest topics in Hollywood these days is Napster co-founder Sean Parker’s proposal called Screening Room. When I think of a screening room it looks something like the photograph that’s next to this paragraph. Apparently, when Parker thinks of a screening room, it’s basically my living room with a set-top box in it that I buy from him for $150. With that box I can then pay him $50 to save myself the trouble of driving to the theatre to see a first-run movie. The studios and most film directors are opposed. But a handful of directors and one exhibitor, AMC, reportedly support the idea. Many questions have been raised about the idea but mine is this: why not Netflix?
The New York Film Critics Series has partnered with independent cinemas to present live, in-theater events. The next NYFCS U.S. event on March 16 and 17 will be preview screenings of The Confirmation with on screen appearances by Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, and writer director Bob Nelson (Nebraska).