In the face of popular steamers like Netflix and Amazon, a collective of U.S. indie film distributors have teamed together to launch their own subscription video-on-demand service.
Launching today on Friday, OVID.tv – an initiative of Docuseek – will offer more than 350 arthouse, documentary and social issue films from its founding partners.
The eight partners that launched OVID.tv include Bullfrog Films, a publisher of independently produced documentaries on environmental and related social justice issues; The dGenerate Films Collection, which distributes contemporary independent film from mainland China to audiences worldwide; indie distributors Distrib Films U.S., First Run Features and Grasshopper Film; North American doc distributor Icarus Films; KimStim, which distributes independent, foreign, and documentary film; and Women Make Movies, a non-profit feminist social enterprise that distributes indie films by and about women.
New films will be added roughly every two weeks. One unnamed 10-part documentary series is scheduled for release in the coming weeks.
“In the face of ever consolidating forces (Disney & 20th Century Fox, ATT & Time Warner – goodbye Filmstruck!) the goal of OVID.tv is to preserve opportunities for independent films and alternative voices and visions in the culture,” said Jonathan Miller, director of OVID.tv, in a statement.
A subscription to OVID. tv runs US$6.99 per month, or US$69.99 annually. The SVOD service is currently only accessible to viewers in the U.S., but will be made available to Canadians later this year.