Film4oD to close in July
Staff Reporter | On 26, Jun 2015Reading time: 1 mins
Film4oD will close in July.
The pay-per-view VOD service, which first launched in November 2010, was originally powered by FilmFlex, a joint IPTV venture from Sony and Disney to distribute digital titles.
FilmFlex, which was one of the largest VOD and multiplatform providers outside the United States, grew over the years to become a white label digital video storefront that powered the rentals for multiple services, including EE Film Store, Virgin Media Online Movies, TalkTalk Box Office and Eircom.
As of last year, the company, which had licensing agreements with major US studios and many independent distributors, had logged over 90 million transactions since its launch. Now, though, Film4oD will shut its streaming doors once and for all.
The closure follows the acquisition of FilmFlex by global provider Vubiquity last year. Film4oD’s closure, though, is an isolated decision: Vubiquity will continue to provide rental VOD services to Virgin, EE, TalkTalk and Eircom.
“We’re always reviewing the best use of our resources and on this occasion this means that we are unfortunately no longer able to offer Film4oD,” said Film4oD in a statement to customers, adding that the decision whether to bring the service back is “under review”.
The film rental service will close on Wednesday 8th July 2015, with customers advised to watch all rented movies in full by midnight on Tuesday 7th July, after which point they will no longer be available. Refunds will not be offered.
Film4 fans, though, can now watch the channel live on digital service All 4 for the first time.