More Directors Oppose DirecTV's VOD Plan

Media Law Prof Blog

More directors coming out against the VOD initiative promoted by DirecTV. Article here at the Hollywood Reporter

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The New VOD Deal: What Movie Theater Owners Think

Media Law Prof Blog

The Hollywood Reporter discusses movie theater owners' reaction to the studios' proposed VOD (video on demand) deal with DirecTV here

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Opposition To DirecTV VOD Service Increases

Media Law Prof Blog

A number of directors are stating their opposition to the new VOD (video on demand) service to be offered by DirecTV. Among them: James Cameron, who notes that many theater owners feel the economic pressure from such a service, which

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VOD Regulation In the UK

Media Law Prof Blog

Daithi MacSithigh, University of East Anglia Norwich Law School, has published Co-Regulation, Video-on-Demand and the Legal Status of Audio-Visual Media at 2 International Journal of Digital Television 51 (2011). Media regulation in the United Kingdom has traditionally seen a division

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Two Lovers Hits VOD Before Theatres

Thompson On Hollywood

Like the Demi Moore caper Flawless (which made millions on VOD), Two Lovers premiered first on HDnet Ultra VOD (on January 16) to be followed by a theatrical release (on February 13). Although Two Lovers played well at Cannes , nonetheless 2929 Entertainment was not able to land a better deal than their own Magnolia Pictures could deliver (the same thing happened with Barry Levinson's Robert DeNiro vehicle What Just Happened).

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SXSW Preview: Comedy, DIY, VOD, Critics

Thompson On Hollywood

Unlikely to break out in a significant way--as IFC plans to launch the film direct-to-VOD as it debuts at the fest--is Alexander the Last, SXSW auteur Joe Swanberg's latest hand-held up-close-and-personal look at the lives of several characters. True confession: I am a SXSW newbie. While I've visited Austin, I have never attended this fest, which opens Friday with the Apatowish bromance I Love You, Man, which seems to be a perfect fit for the hip younger groove of SXSW.

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Direct to VOD: Cinetic's Film Buff Launches with New Orleans Mon Amour

Thompson On Hollywood

More and more, movies that ordinarily would get a theatrical release are taking the direct train to VOD. Now the hurricane recovery drama (which conjures up the post-atomic classic Hiroshima Mon Amour ) will make its debut July 15 on Cable VOD via the new channel Cinetic Film Buff , followed by portals iTunes and Amazon VOD.

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Broken Windows

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Distribution Film Independent Film Rights avc business model distribution channel distribution platforms distribution windows film business fred wilson movie theaters on-demand viewing StarWars street date streeting studio executives theatrical release Titanic traditional distribution twilight vod Fred Wilson wrote a piece on his blog today complaining about the film business’ distribution model.

Broken Windows

DealFatigue

Distribution Film Independent Film Rights avc business model distribution channel distribution platforms distribution windows film business fred wilson movie theaters on-demand viewing StarWars street date streeting studio executives theatrical release Titanic traditional distribution twilight vodFred Wilson wrote a piece on his blog today complaining about the film business’ distribution model.

A Discussion of Video On Demand

Media Law Prof Blog

Why VOD (Video On Demand) is problematic for broadcasters. How can they structure it in order to satisfy viewers, yet not lose money

SXSW: Photo Gallery, from 6th Street Brides to Sega Man

Thompson On Hollywood

Nick at the Alamo Drafthouse with Australian actor-director Matthew Newton of Three Blind Mice , which along with Alexander the Last was one of four IFC Films premiering on VOD concurrent with their March 14 showings at SXSW. Most major newspaper critics can't deal with the volume of direct-to-dvd or VOD releases. Tags: SXSW Alexander the Last digital distribution Janet Pierson Made in China SXSW VOD

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Links: Inglourious Basterds Preview, Rourke's First Pic, Sony Video

Thompson On Hollywood

Amazon has Mickey Rourke's first film, Love in the Hamptons, a 25-minute 1976 short by Tony Folino, available on VOD. Check out a preview of a trailer for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, which debuts on E.T. Wednesday night. And last but not least, Sony can't be too happy about this piece from The Onion (foul language alert): Tags: Brad Pitt Inglourious Basterds Love in the Hamptons Mickey Rourke Quentin Tarantino Sony The Onion trailer

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Cannes: IFC Revs Engines, Magnolia Nabs Woo's Red Cliff 2-Parter

Thompson On Hollywood

The distributor is chipper because his films have been doing well following a low-cost acquisition and release model combined with VOD. The trend for long-form movies continues at Cannes. IFC has started what is expected to be another Cannes buying spree after last year's marathon of ten ultimate acquisitions out of the festival. The three-part Red Riding Trilogy was being chased by several buyers including Bob Berney, but went to IFC.

Studios Lose a Round on Selectable Output Control; So Do Consumers

Copyrights & Campaigns

Of course, they're concerned that these movies not be pirated, thus eating into both VOD and DVD sales -- perhaps even theatrical. In their petition, the studios signal that they won't offer such hi-def early-window VOD services without SOC. Today the studios don't offer pre-DVD hi-def VOD.

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Selectable Output Control: Yes, it's still good for consumers

Copyrights & Campaigns

The studios' position in a nutshell is: Sure, as a purely technical matter, we could give everyone early-window HD VOD now. As I previously explained : Today the studios don't offer pre-DVD hi-def VOD. Thus the way to bring more choice to consumers is to allow the studios to use SOC, and experiment with the new early-window HD VOD service. Would an early, premium priced, high-def VOD window get people watching movies at home again and replace some of those DVD losses?

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Clouds, Streams, A La Carte: And The Winner Is…

The Digital Lowdown

A few come immediately to mind: car leasing vs owning, free vs. pay TV, VOD vs. movie theaters, monthly subscriptions vs. annual fees, etc. About six years years ago, David Goldberg (then GM of Yahoo Music) made a pronouncement that a la carte downloads were dead. Yahoo Music was the purveyor of a very ambitious music subscription service that has been gone for almost 4 years.

Sundance Update: Tyson, Directors, IFC Day-and-Date

Thompson On Hollywood

Mike, Dade Hayes and I all covered the Monday morning IFC breakfast announcing day-and-date VOD and SXSW fest launch for five films appearing at the fest this spring. Steven Soderbergh (who's The Girlfriend Experience is a fest Sneak Peak tomorrow) also discussed IFC's innovative release of Che, which hits VOD Wednesday. There's so much going on that the Sundance Variety team splits things up.

Domestic Distribution Part III, Home Video Formulas

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

One should also keep in mind that while home video sales have been declining VOD sales have grown. The filmmaker may only want to grant VOD rights on a non-exclusive basis. There are many formulas for home video deals, but most fall within three patterns.

SXSW Day Two: Alexander the Last's Weixler and Swanberg

Thompson On Hollywood

In part two, they address VOD and the DIY/mumblecore movement Swanberg helped to spawn out of SXSW. Many of us discovered Jess Weixler in the Sundance horror comedy Teeth. Now the Juilliard-trained actress shows more of what she can do in Joe Swanberg's latest SXSW offering, the up-close-and-personal relationship flick Alexander the Last.

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DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION PART II

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Traditionally, films were first exhibited in theaters, followed months later by home video (DVD's), followed by a release to television beginning with Pay TV, VOD, and eventually free television. The Regal and AMC theater chains objected and the third largest theater chain, Cinemark, refused to book the picture at all if it was available on VOD so soon after its debut. This caused Universal to back down and cancel the VOD release.

LAFF: Paper Man So-So, Indie Financing, Stoning of Soraya M.

Thompson On Hollywood

Bickford is high on the theatrical/VOD experience she had with IFC on Che. But everyone agreed VOD is where indie film distribution is going. The LAFF barely got away with opener Paper Man on Thursday night.

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"Citizens United": The Supreme Court Decision One Year Later

Broadcast Law Blog

The Supreme Court found that the film was indeed an "electioneering communication" and that VOD was likewise a public distribution of the film. The Supreme Court issued its landmark opinion in Citizens United v. FEC one year ago today. That case allowed corporations and labor unions to make independent expenditures for or against political candidates.

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Cannes Watch: Rocky Indie Terrain

Thompson On Hollywood

theatrical and/or VOD distribution. There's considerable uncertainty heading toward Cannes this year. While the global theatrical market is strong, the indie sector is still fragile--and shrinking. With DVDs sinking and piracy on the rise, financeers and foreign sales agents don't know what's safe anymore. Many companies had coasted on funds they had already raised, but now reality is sinking in: new money is hard to find.

DOJ to Supreme Court: Don't take Cablevision case

Copyrights & Campaigns

Such a construction could threaten to undermine copyright protection in circumstances far beyond those presented here, including with respect to VOD services or situations in which a party streams copyrighted material on an individualized basis over the Internet. More than five months after the Supreme Court asked the Department of Justice to weigh in on whether whether it should grant cert. in the Cablevision "remote-storage DVR" case, DoJ has finally given its answer: No.

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ISPs, RIAA, the DMCA, 'graduated response,' and 'three strikes': the real story

Copyrights & Campaigns

For example: a studio may license its movies to a cable provider as part of a VOD service. But you also run an ISP that provides Internet service to millions of subscribers, and neither of us should want to undermine our VOD service (where we split revenue) by having people downloading these very titles for free on BitTorrent.

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Sundance: Soderbergh Unveils Girlfriend Experience

Thompson On Hollywood

Che goes out on VOD Wednesday while its special roadshow engagement continues, and Soderbergh's 2005 Bubble was the first day-and-date experiment for Marc Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Entertainment and Magnolia Pictures. Magnolia will release Sundance pickup Humpday on VOD BEFORE it hits theaters.) Steven Soderbergh has always been a supporter of innovation experimentation and new media.

LAFF: Keynoter Stern Lays Out Indie Landscape

Thompson On Hollywood

Summer Hours from IFC and The Girlfriend Experience from Magnolia were released simultaneously in theaters and on VOD. The LAFF is under way; here's the full text of Saturday's keynote speech given by Endgame Entertainment chairman James Stern, who is a not only a producer/filmmaker ( Every Little Step , Brothers Bloom ) but a financeer ( Easy Virtue, An Education ).

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Cannes: Winners and Losers

Thompson On Hollywood

cinemas and then trim it—working with the director—to show it on VOD. Who came out ahead and behind on their Cannes jaunt this year? Disney. The studio won big by using Cannes as the European launch for Pixar’s Up. John Lasseter and Pete Docter had the time of their lives being treated seriously by the most prestigious festival in the world, which gave them some auteur cred they wouldn’t get any other way. At Disney’s after-party on the Carlton pier, Lasseter got misty-eyed. “It’s

Sundance Watch: Magnolia Buys Humpday

Thompson On Hollywood

In yet another case of a filmmaker banking on a new distribution model , Magnolia is launching the film on VOD in advance of its release in 15 cities, as it did with the Demi Moore-starrer Flawless. Magnolia Pictures won a heated bidding war for worldwide rights to Lynn Shelton's bromantic comedy, Humpday , featuring Mark Duplass and Josh Leonard as two straight pals who dare each other to have sex together in a porn film.

The Clicker: Was Grokster really the important Supreme Court decision? - Engadget - www.engadget.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Value-add services such as VOD have been at the backbone of nearly all cable battles, and cable companies have fought hard to maintain their monopoly there. The Clicker: Was Grokster really the important Supreme Court decision? Engadget - www.engadget.com The Clicker: Was Grokster really the important Supreme Court decision? Posted Jul 7, 2005, 7:26 PM ET by Peter Rojas Related entries: Displays, Features, HDTV, Home Entertainment.

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The Clicker: Was Grokster really the important Supreme Court decision? - Engadget - www.engadget.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Value-add services such as VOD have been at the backbone of nearly all cable battles, and cable companies have fought hard to maintain their monopoly there. The Clicker: Was Grokster really the important Supreme Court decision? Engadget - www.engadget.com The Clicker: Was Grokster really the important Supreme Court decision? Posted Jul 7, 2005, 7:26 PM ET by Peter Rojas Related entries: Displays, Features, HDTV, Home Entertainment.

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