Dendy Direct has announced the first slate of film studios and distributors who’ll be bringing their content to its new on-demand movie streaming service, slated to launch August 6.
The list includes ABC Commercial, Beyond Home Entertainment, Entertainment One Australia, Icon, Madman Entertainment, Pinnacle Films, Roadshow, Transmission, and Umbrella Entertainment. From those studios, the titles we know will make their way to Dendy’s new service include high profile hits like The Wolf of Wall Street and The Lego Movie along with Red Dog, Tracks, The Railway Man, Transcendence and Edge of Tomorrow. There are also some deals yet-to-be-made with independent studios and distributors.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that all of those titles will be available at launch – Edge of Tomorrow is still in cinemas – but it’s an encouraging sign of the depth of catalog that Dendy is hoping to offer, and a sign of good things to come for the service they say is for lovers of quality film.
What we’re still missing though is an idea of Dendy Direct’s intended subscription rate (or rates), and any limitations like number of movies, number of devices or extra prices for “premium content” as we’ve seen levied by some other streaming services. All of this should become clearer as we approach the scheduled launch of the service on August 6.
Update Dendy has pointed out to us that it’s not a subscription service, but rather charges for movies on a pay-as-you-go basis. Prices are reported to be comparable with Google Play. New releases will cost $5.99 to rent in SD, and $6.99 in HD while buying a movie will range from $19.99 to $29.99.
Dendy has also given some more detail on the launch order for their apps. First to launch will be desktop, tablet and mobile (Android and iOS), while Samsung Smart TVs will get an app of their own in September. If you’re looking for Chromecast support though, you’ll have to wait a little longer – it’s currently slated for a Q4 2014 release.
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