A new VOD service, FilmDoo, has launched in the UK.
The transaction video on-demand platform joins an increasingly crowded market of pay-per-view sites in Britain, offering films from around the world to rent. That international focus is what FilmDoo hopes will mark it out from its rivals, with classic and contemporary films both featured in the catalogue of over 450 titles.
“All too often films, which may have been huge success stories and earned multi-million pound figures in box office in their countries of origin, remain hidden, unavailable and unheard of elsewhere in the world,” says the site in an official statement.
The strategy is similar to that of MUBI, a subscription VOD service with an art house, world cinema and indie focus. While that only has titles available for a limited period as part of its monthly fee, though, FilmDoo’s long-term catalogue works on a traditional pay-per-view basis.
“There are too many amazing stories slipping between the cracks,” adds FilmDoo co-founder Weerada Sucharitkul. “In a world that’s more connected than ever before, this can’t be allowed to continue. We’re going to change this.”
The site also includes a community section for users to share reviews of films they have seen, share recommendations with friends and also highlight films they would like to see featured on FilmDoo in the future.
FilmDoo has plans to expand beyond the UK, offering distributors as well as audiences a “focused online streaming service” to highlight their whole range of titles. Indeed, the company has already completed UK and Irish distribution deals with some of the bigger art house and indie labels, including Altitude, Film4, Peccadillo Pictures, Trinity, Picturehouse Entertainment, New Wave, Terracotta, Third Window, Day For Night, Cine Asia, Shameless and Eureka, plus sales agents Doc & Film, Wide’s Eye on Films and documentary specialist Java Films.