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Indie Bits: Acorn Streaming More, SnagFilms Adds Narrative Films, and More22 Sep, 2011 By: Billy Gil
• Acorn Media Group is expanding Acorn TV to stream more British miniseries, giving subscribers a choice of a full season from 10 series at any given time to stream online. The first episode is free; $24.99 a year grants Acorn Premium subscribers unlimited access to all episodes in each selected season. Shows have included such shows my parents like to watch as “Upstairs Downstairs,” “Doc Martin” and “Midsomer Murders.” It’s at www.AcornOnline.com, and is accessible via the PC, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and Google TV.
• SnagFilms has announced deals giving it access to narrative films, in addition to the more than 2,300 documentary films it already boasts. In addition to expanding the SnagFilms.com site, the service is soon expanding to Apple iOs, Blackberry and Android systems; to more pay-TV providers such as DirecTV; and other platforms such as Xbox Live — it’s already on Comcast’s Xfinity and Verizon FiOS systems. SnagFilms titles are available as pay streams on demand or pay downloads.
• Woman’s Picture, a 10-year anthology film series by Brian Pera, premieres via VOD Nov. 14 at www.evelynavenue.com. The short films inspired by classic women’s films of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s kicks off with Miriam, starring Ann Magnuson, about a home shopping channel host whose inability to successfully juggle work and family causes her to re-examine her life. Additionally, Pera has partnered with perfume designer Andy Tauer for a new fragrance line, Tableau de Parfums, inspired by some of the themes of the series. The Miriam fragrance will be packaged with a DVD of that film and a novelette related to the character.
• RaroVideo is bowing its first-ever Blu-ray Disc release with Federico Fellini’s The Clowns. The restored version of Fellini’s surreal pseudo-memoir, covering his fascination with clowns and exploring themes of authority, poverty, humility and arrogance, releases Oct. 17 at $39.98. The disc includes a short film by Fellini, Un Agenzia Matrimoniale; a video essay on the formation of the film; and a 50-page booklet with exclusive Fellini drawings.