Fandango’s on-demand streaming service Vudu is now the official new streaming platform for consumers of AMC Theatres on Demand. Starting today, AMC Theatres on Demand users can transfer their account to Vudu, where they can continue to rent and purchase premium entertainment, as well as watch their catalog of previously acquired movies.
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The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy has announced that in related cases, a federal district court and a federal bankruptcy court, both in Florida, have ordered Hisham Manse Ibrahem and Nezar Saeed Hammo, U.S.-based sellers of the pirate service ATN, to pay $32,100,000 in combined damages for willful copyright infringement.
The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy has announced key 2022 achievements in protecting its members’ content and removing pirate services from the U.S. market and worldwide.
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.
Liquid Media has signed a letter of intent to acquire Digital Cinema United. “With the acquisition of DCU, Liquid inherits DCU’s longstanding position as a company of choice for the entertainment and media industry,” says Liquid Media CEO Ron Thomson. “The services DCU provides are essential to film and TV producers and distributors, engage with clients across every aspect of the supply chain, supercharge our solution engine and further our reach.
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.
What happens if you compare the streaming giants’ top movies with their ratings on major movie rating sites? The Bad Movie Index, created by Draken Film, the Swedish streaming service for quality cinema, was created to inspire people to broaden their film taste with what the service believes is the first-ever moving subscription price.