The visual effects company VFX Legion created a mix of digital effects for HBO Max’s dystopian miniseries, DMZ. Produced by Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay, and Emmy nominee Roberto Patino, DMZ is based on the DC comic book series of the same name. Set in the not-to-distant future during the Second Civil War, the drama unfolds in New York City, a demilitarized zone abandoned by the country and ravaged by violence.
A new Spanish streaming concept called acontra+, which combines movie streaming and cinema ticket sales in a single subscription, has launched on the Magine Pro platform. The service is run by the independent Spanish distributor A Contracorriente Films with a wide catalogue of national and international feature films of all genres, classics and contemporary films and is made available through Magine Pro's multi-platform service.
Streaming service giant Netflix is experimenting with its pricing policies in a handful of countries in response to high rates of account sharing. Eleanor Patterson, assistant professor of media studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, explains what this experiment means for U.S. account sharing and the future of streaming platforms.
European film and television represent 32 percent of all content found on TVOD and 35 percent of SVOD in the EU. For all VOD catalogues (TVOD and SVOD), European content took a share of 33 percent, according to a report from the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
The Chinese online entertainment service iQIYI has announced that it is upgrading its collaboration model for online film distribution. The new model includes two distribution models, Cloud Cinema Premiere and Subscription Premiere.
A new report from content protection specialist Nagra, entitled Piracy Has No Boundaries, claims that thieves steal tens of billions of dollars of content value annually and that more than 80 percent of content theft is attributable to streaming. In addition, the report says, eight percent of U.S. households subscribe to illicit internet protocol services for an estimated $1 billion in illegal subscription revenue every year. The report uses Disney and Marvel Studio’s Black Widow as an example of how things can go wrong when feature films are streamed and estimates that the film lost between $50-$70 million because the movie lacked an exclusive theatrical window over its first ten days of release.
The groundbreaking documentary My Name is Pauli Murray is in theatres now and will be available on Amazon Prime October 1. The film was made by the same team that made the award-winning documentary RBG about the late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Media company Gathr will showcase the re-mastered and digitally enhanced 50th anniversary edition of the Oscar-nominated 1971 documentary On Any Sunday via its fan-driven cinema distribution model Theatrical on Demand. The documentary, financed by and starring movie icon and motocross weekend warrior Steve McQueen, is regarded as the best film ever made on the sport of motorcycle racing.
Cinedigm is partnering with online entertainment marketplace Exeest to power a fully integrated film submission platform for Fandor and its portfolio of channels. The advanced platform will use Exeest's exclusive technology to streamline the film submission process for independent filmmakers, provide the Fandor programming team a state-of-the-art way to solicit, ingest, screen and evaluate film content suitable for its audience.
Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar accounted for 50 percent of all streaming video-on-demand subscribers in India in 2020, according to Omdia’s latest 2021 Online Video Market and Consumer Trends Report. Omidia’s principal analyst, TV and online video, consumer Constantinos Papavassilopoulos said, “The online video market of India is steadily growing its foothold in every direction. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the growth rate of an already dynamic and robust OTT market.”