UK start-up bringing cinema-quality films to mobiles


UK start-up offering cinema-quality short films on mobiles signs deals with global telecoms giants to reach millions of new users

A UK start-up offering cinema-quality short films on mobiles has signed deals with global telecoms giants to reach millions of new users. 

Discover.film, co-founded by media entrepreneur Sarah Jane Thomson, will be launched this week as an app on 100million Huawei handsets in 26 countries and on My5, the Channel 5 streaming service. It is also in talks with other mobile operators, and is set to announce a deal with Jio, India’s biggest telecoms company, to go live on its set-top boxes and then its vast mobile network.

Its catalogue of more than 10,000 films, typically three to 45 minutes long, includes The Karman Line starring Olivia Colman as a mother hit by a rare condition that sees her lift off the ground, and Inseparable, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. 

Breakthrough: The site hosts films like The Karman Line with Olivia Colman

Breakthrough: The site hosts films like The Karman Line with Olivia Colman

Thomson said: ‘This is a big growth market, as millennials look for quality short-form content, evidenced by the growth of TikTok and YouTube.’ 

Its big competitor is Hollywood start-up Quibi, founded by former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, which has raised $1.75billion to produce mini-shows for mobiles. 

Discover.film has investment of £1.5million to date from Thomson, her husband Steve, plus two wealthy investors. 

It licenses its content from film-makers, who receive a share of revenue from the films streamed through its app and online in 190 countries. 

See also  Lundin increases bet on Arctic oil

It is funded by advertising and has also signed distribution deals with Eurostar and airlines. 



READ SOURCE

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here