Netflix Trying to Keep Star Wars and Marvel as Disney Develops Own Service

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) By now everyone has heard of Disney's plans to pull out of their exclusive deal with Netflix to stream Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm content, in favor of launching their own rival services in 2019. We're getting word that Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos is lobbying the … [Read more...]

The CW Opens Streaming Doors Wide Open For Cord Cutters

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) One of the things that has hampered cord cutters from streaming what they want when they want it, is that some channels require you to log into your cable or satellite subscription before you can watch their shows. But The CW is changing all that. … [Read more...]

BitTorrent Now Gives Creators 70% Of Streaming Ad Revenue

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When you hear the word BitTorrent, you automatically think of file sharing, and by extension, piracy (especially when it comes to Game of Thrones). But the majority of BitTorrent's traffic is for legitimate file sharing and transfer activity. One of the main uses for … [Read more...]

Indie Filmmakers Discuss Video On Demand Success

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Though some in Hollywood would tell you that the trend of the blockbuster is killing independent films and mid level budgeted features, last week at the annual PGA Produced By Summit, distributors and financiers of indie films had a more rosey outcome, and it's all … [Read more...]

Vimeo Doubles Down On VOD With VHX Acquistion

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Vimeo is doubling down on their game plan of providing original content through video on demand options by announcing the purchase of streaming subscription portal VHX. The move will not only expand the tools for video on demand, but give Vimeo a key mobile platform … [Read more...]

Distribber Can Get Your Film Sold & Seen Online

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Indie filmmakers are always looking for ways to not only get their films seen, but sold and distributed, and a website called Distribber promises to not only accomplish both goals but to do it both online and VOD on cable. And the best part is, you don't have to give … [Read more...]

Amazon Prime Partners with Showtime and Starz for Premium Streaming

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Cable cutters now have more choices through Amazon thanks to a partnership with Showtime, Starz and up to other channels found on cable. The new service will give subscribers premium access to the pay cable services for an additional price. Here's how it works... … [Read more...]

Vimeo Kills Tip Jar Donations to Focus on Video on Demand

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Video on Demand not affected By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Vimeo has quietly removed a feature that would allow users to request a "tip" to financially reward the creator.  But according to the video portal (which is aimed primarily at professional filmmakers), the Tip Jar is now a bit … [Read more...]

Good Movie Posters Are Important, Even If You’re Streaming

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By James DeRuvo (doddleMEW) With many indies opting to stream their films online, and on demand, is it really all that important to create a movie poster? Of course it is. One, it's tradition! Two, it's still one of the best ways to get a potential audience interested in your project. And three, … [Read more...]

NBC Releases All 13 Episodes Of Aquarius Online

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) After watching the two-hour network premiere of Aquarius with David Duchovny on NBC, their weekly summer drama, I was immediately reminded of the less-than-sunny things from the 1960's. Sure there was some fantastic music, and hey, we went to the moon. But outside of … [Read more...]

HBO To Launch Stand Alone Service In April

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) HBO is just about ready to launch its new stand alone HBO Now service (formerly known as HBO Go), which will allow cable cutters to stream Game of Thrones, and a host of other original and movie content beginning on April 12th, and users will be able to pay $15 a … [Read more...]

Sundance 2015: Vimeo Announces Partnership with Indiegogo

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Exclusive Distribution Arrangement Will Offer Select Film Funding By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) There's an old saying that when you're number 2, you try harder. I submit that you try smarter, and this week, the number 2 video streamer and the number 2 crowdfunder have teamed up to do just that. … [Read more...]

Vimeo Opens Custom Video On Demand Portals For Premium Content Creators

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Vimeo has created custom video on demand portals for long form content which could point to a move to get into more streaming television partnerships. And what's interesting about it is, that Vimeo seems to be trying to paint the image that ad supported content is a … [Read more...]

Director Releases First Film Online For Free

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Streaming for free to Skirt Music Licensing costs By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It has been said that if you're trying to build an audience, don't get caught up in how to make a film profitable, just get it out there for people to see, and watch the money follow. That may be what first time … [Read more...]

Selling An Indie Film To Netflix Is Difficult, But Not Impossible

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Can an indie filmmaker get in the Queue? By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) For some, going the indie route and controlling everything from production to post, to distribution is the only way to go. And with the current state of digital cinema, getting your title on Netflix is the new Holy Grail of … [Read more...]

TV Networks Struggle To Counter The Dominance Of Netflix

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Strategies by Competitors Prove Elusive By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's no secret that Netflix has been a boon to cable cutters that tired of paying high priced cable and satellite bills. And its growing popularity has surpassed the subscription bases of even HBO. And while both CBS and HBO … [Read more...]