While VOD services have given blockbusters a new lease of life, where can people catch up on all those local cinema gems? MUBI offers a hand-picked library of 30 cult classics to its seven million users on desktops and smart devices. How has it become the world’s largest art house theatre?
The blockbuster movies found on online streaming services invariably follow the same storyline; a white hero saving the day. But Afrostream is a niche streaming service that will feature only African and African-American content, launching in September 2016 for €7 a month.
With on-demand services thriving and viewer numbers falling, is the golden age of TV over? Canvas8 spoke with Alan Wolk, author of Over the top: How the internet is slowly (but surely) changing the television industry, about how TV will adapt and whether the traditional ad model will survive.
Described as both a “revolution” and a “travesty”, the release of blockbuster dystopian movie Snowpiercer marks a tipping point in the industry’s shift from analog to digital. The film was launched in select cinemas before becoming available on video on demand just three weeks later. Could this mark the future of film distribution?
In the summer of 2014, US box office figures were down 15%, and there were a string of spectacular film failures. The number of frequent moviegoers fell in every age group, but the biggest drop came from 18- to-25-year-olds. Has Netflix killed the blockbuster?
We're as frugal with our time as we are with our money. So it's no surprise that we're neither prepared to pay for the cinema nor wait for films to leave the box office; piracy is rife. Popcorn Time – ‘the Netflix of piracy’ – is making illegal downloads feel more normal and less criminal than ever.
We've never been so interested in TV shows - but we aren't watching TV. Instead, we're turning to online video - whether it's Netflix or YouTube. But new technology isn't solely responsible – a wider shift in lifestyles is creating a natural path towards hyper-diversification.
Nearly 60% of Brits watch online video every day. The internet has broadened our tastes – from Venezuelan novellas to K-Pop videos, the living room has gone global. By crowdsourcing subtitles, streaming site Viki makes TV shows from all over the world accessible to everyone.
The availability of high quality original programming on services like Netflix and Amazon Prime is challenging how television is made and viewed. So how will the film industry respond to Amazon Studios’ decision to start developing its own original film content in 2015?