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RealNetworks' Film.com Bows Indie Streams

22 Jan, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

RealNetworks' nascent online movie site Film.com announced it had begun offering ad-supported free weekly streams (not downloads) to full-length independent movies.

The Seattle-based digital media company's first “Movie of the Week” 24 Hours on Craigslist showcases a random day-in-the-life documentary on the community Web site that claims 15 million users and 5 billion page views per month.

Despite the interesting premise, one online reviewer called the documentary a “waste of time,” and said the film was “so poorly shot it gave me a headache for two hours.”

Future content would originate from GreenCine, the San Francisco-based second tier DVD rental service that claims an 80,000-title library consisting primarily of independent, documentaries and foreign fare.

GreenCine separately offers video-on-demand content on its Web site.

RealNetworks is also accepting submissions from independent filmmakers for potential inclusion in the Movie of the Week program.

“We will be able to showcase up-and-coming and independent filmmakers and offer their films exposure to an audience they might not consistently reach,” said Elizabeth Coppinger, VP of media services for RealNetworks.

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