TheHorrorShow.tv is moving into DVD distribution.
The streaming site, which specialises in horror and genre titles, launched last year in the UK. While the industry increasingly moves towards digital releasing, though, the company has taken a step in the other direction, acquiring the rights to Lucky McKee’s The Woman.
The film, which was distributed theatrically by Revolver in this country, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and limited edition steelbook on Monday 18th August, complete with an audio commentary from the director.
The announcement follows figures from the British Video Association showing that 22 million DVDs were sold in 2013, accounting for 92 per cent of consumer spending compared to 8 per cent on digital video. Digital media transactions totalled £618 million last year, according to the ERA, a surge of 40 per cent. Pixels are proving increasingly popular, but there is still life in the old DVD dog left.
“TheHorrorShow.TV is primarily a digital platform, but the physical side of film distribution shows no signs of slowing down, and we want to give horror fans as much choice as possible about how they consume their favourite genre,” TheHorrorShow.TV’s David Hughes told Screen Daily.
“I am delighted The Woman has found a new home in the UK with TheHorrorShow.TV. With this new edition, fans will get the chance to watch the film along with me, as I have recorded a brand new commentary track within the home that inspired the story,” added McKee.
TheHorrorShow.tv is not slowing down its digital plans, though: The Woman will, of course, be available as a digital exclusive from the site, but will also be a part of its soon-to-be-announced subscription service, which will offer select titles on its site for monthly payment for £4.99. The move will make it the third site in the UK to provide both transactional (pay-per-view) and subscription VOD, alongside Wuaki.tv and Amazon.