Tigger the cat watches streaming TV. Photo by Catherine Heath on Unsplash

Covid-19 sees rise of smaller streaming services in UK

The UK release of independent, arthouse and foreign language films has been thrown into disarray following the closure of every cinema in the country as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. But streaming services such as Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player and Mubi are throwing a lifeline to these titles and offering audiences the opportunity to support cinema at a time when it needs it most. Even 10 years ago, this would not have been possible as widespread take-up of SVOD services had yet to occur and some of these…

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The importance of venue to the online world

– opinion by Emily Ng, Mediamation Inc. Consumers are seeing an expanding content selection at home across the spectrum of entertainment including movies, music, and gaming. Through streaming platforms like Netflix, Spotify and more recently within the gaming sector (Google Stadia, xCloud, etc), content owners can promote their IP to consumers from the comfort of their couch. At every trade show, both for the cinema and attraction sectors, there are forums for discussion about the imminent competition from home entertainment. Leading industry veterans are acknowledging the impending disruption to the out of home…

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Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future (2014) by Camilla Greenwell (Wikimedia Commons)

New cinematic era marked by Disney’s ‘immersive’ deal

“Watching movies will never be the same again” Disney’s recent deal with the immersive experience company Secret Cinema signals a new era for the cinema industry. New film titles from the Disney portfolio will be staged as immersive experiences in London by Secret Cinema later in 2020 before being exported to America. Secret Cinema is renowned for its expanded immersive cinematic worlds staged in a variety of disused warehouses and open-air locations, creating experiences that last for several hours. Costumed participants surrender their phones and interact with characters from the film the event is…

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