VidAngel, Shut By Court, Relaunches With New Streaming Model

Deadline | 6/13/2017 | Michael Cieply
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UPDATED, 7:40 PM: As of Tuesday, VidAngel, the filtering service earlier shut down by the court, is back as a revised streaming service that works in tandem with conventional movie and TV streaming services like Amazon and Netflix.

“It is live now,” VidAngel chief executive Neal Harmon said in a brief telephone interview, following an investor presentation in Provo, Utah, where the company has its headquarters, that was streamed today on Facebook Live.

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Harmon said the revised service will cost users $7.99 a month, and will work in conjunction with their existing streaming options, though companies like Amazon and Netflix are not directly involved in a collaboration with the filtering service. “Under studio contracts with all of them, they are not allowed to authorize anyone to filter,” Harmon said.

Instead, he said, VidAngel becomes a proxy for individuals who are permitted legally to filter content under the Family Movie Act. “VidAngel becomes them in the cloud,” he said of what he described as both a new business model and a new technology.

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PREVIOUS, 9 AM: VidAngel, whose film and television filtering service was shut down almost six months ago by a court order, may soon be back in a new and presumably challenge-proof guise.

At least that’s the word from one person familiar with a plan to be...
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