SnagFilms Adds VOD Berths On In Demand, Dish Network


Independent film distributor SnagFilms said it has new distribution deals with In Demand and Dish Network for video-on-demand plays for pay.

The In Demand agreement adds such cable providers as Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks to existing affiliate deals with Comcast, DirecTV and Verizon FiOS TV.

SnagFilms now has distribution deals with multichannel video programming distributors reaching nearly 90% of the U.S. VOD audience, it said. The deals were reported earlier by PaidContent.

SnagFilms said it also recently launched on digital pay-on-demand platforms VUDU and Xbox Live, and will soon launch on Samsung Media Hub, joining existing pay-on-demand platforms iTunes, Hulu Plus, Amazon and YouTube Movies.

Current titles on pay VOD include skatepunk documentary Dragonslayer and the upcoming Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist, debuting on Earth Day, April 15.

The distributor also plans a theatrical and VOD day-and-date release of The Black Tulip, which was the Afghanistan submission to the 2011 Academy Awards, and two movies making world premieres on VOD: We Made This Movie, by David Letterman's longtime executive producer Rob Burnett, and Faces In The Mirror, from The Dave Matthews Band's Boyd Tinsley.

SnagFilms acquired 27 films at the most recent Sundance Film Festival in January.

On ad-supported platforms, SnagFilms has launched on Sony-owned Crackle and launched free movie apps for Android smartphones and tablets, Kindle Fire and Blackberry PlayBook.

"Film distribution is facing unprecedented disruption, as viewers want a broad choice of titles, available on demand on all possible devices," Rick Allen, SnagFilms' CEO, said in a release. "We've made the strategic investment necessary to ensure that our filmmakers can reach an audience on every major platform -- the broadest footprint available to independent films."

SnagFilms recently completed a $7-million financing round, a year after raising $10 million. Investors include Ted Leonsis, Steve and Jean Case (Revolution), Comcast Ventures and venture capital firm NEA. The new investment round included former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel, who joined the SnagFilms board, and General Catalyst co-founder David Fialkow.