Video-on-demand (VOD) giant Netflix is poised to enter the Australian market by March this year and is set to launch dozens of fresh titles from the other side of the world. Experts believe its debut will be decent at best, however.
Dominic White of Business Review Weekly reports that Netflix faces competition from home-grown services like Presto and Stan, which have access to rights-protected shows. Popular shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, according to a News.com.au report, won’t even show up on Australian Netflix since their rights are owned by Foxtel, which co-owns Presto.
A recent report entitled Online and on Demand: Trends in Australian Online Video Use reveals details about Australians who enjoy movie streaming. The study found several key details about Australians who stream content on paid services land sites that offer free online movie streaming like Viewlorium. Ultimately, the study discovered that the strong preference for Hollywood films in Australian Cinemas is not mirrored in their online viewing habits.
When asked about their cinema habits, Australians, yielded the following response: 59% watch Hollywood films, 31% say they watch Australian films, while 21% say they favour the independent/arthouse variety. On the other hand, when asked about their video-on-demand (VOD) preferences, only 33% watch Hollywood films, 20% go for the locally produced, and a steady 21% will still go for independent/arthouse films.
Gone are the days when you had to dress up, drive to a cinema, fall in line to buy tickets, and sit in a crowd to watch a movie. The new norm when indulging in films is to do it at home (movie marathon in the living room, anyone?). You can even do it all day if you want, and it wouldn’t require any effort or cost you much. Watching movies in the comfort of your home is certainly an acceptable pastime and source of entertainment—and a lot of Australians are loving it.
What makes video-on-demand so attractive to online users are the availability of numerous choices and the convenience it offers. For instance, the much-hyped Netflix is coming to Australia (estimated to launch on March 2015), and by subscribing to their services, you can stream movies using your computer or television. Its existing competitors like Stan and Viewster have similar offers available for your consumption.
It used to be that people had to own a physical copy of a movie, whether in tape or disc format, just to play films in the comfort of their own homes. Thanks to the recent popularity of video-on-demand services on the Web, however, users no longer have to maintain a space-eating collection of their favourite videos. With a fast enough network connection, users can now watch free movies online by streaming them for the whole family. Continue reading
If you’re looking to venture into a career in critiquing films, you need to build up an impressive portfolio. They say that practice makes perfect, so keep these tips in mind to help you write thought-provoking pieces:
Watch It Twice
You’ll want to watch a film at least twice if you truly want to critique it. Use the first run through to take down all your notes, while the second time around should be used to help you find more supporting details to your initial notes or to alter your views on certain points. This can be difficult to do when you start out, so feel free to pause in the middle of the movie if you need to. Make time to watch free movies online as reliable streaming sites usually have a vast library of films, from the mainstreams to obscure cult classics. Continue reading
In 1987, Escape from Sobibor was produced based on the real story of how Jewish prisoners of war engineered their prison break from a Nazi concentration camp against all odds. Their true-to-life tale, along with countless other stories, inspired generations thereafter never to indulge in the horrors of war.
During the Second World War, the Nazi regime created six “Death Camps” (extermination centres) in Eastern Poland. One of these was Sobibor. While other concentration camps were mainly labour or punishment camps, these extermination centres had only one purpose — to quickly kill as many Jews as possible. A small group of prisoners were kept alive to work the camp under control of the Nazis. The film chronicles their struggle for freedom from oppression and certain death. Continue reading
Comedy is a genre of film that utilizes humour in its storyline, along with the actions and dialogues of the characters. It also has sub-genres that mix humour with other elements, including action-comedy, horror-comedy, and romantic-comedy.
Audiences who are fond of watching comedy films do not realise that aside from the plot and characters in the film, there are other elements incorporated as well. Writers and/or producers strategically place punch lines used by the characters in their dialogues in accordance with certain actions. This enables a more efficient flow to the film’s storyline and provides better laughs to its audience. Continue reading
Are you a naturally funny person, or do you lack some points in the sense of humour department? Perhaps you want to be wittier or more comical to entertain your friends more, or charm your co-workers out of their office workstation. There are many ways you can improve your personality and unleash the comedian in you, but start with this one advice of experts: watch some comedies.
Watching Makes You Funnier
Believe it or not, there have been several studies about the benefits of comedies to the people watching them. Some reports found that these funny films could make you smarter and more creative, which would help in cooking up witty remarks, retorts, and jokes. Continue reading
Planning a movie date but a bit short on the budget? You can still have a great time with your date and watch movies online for free: not only do you have more choices for the perfect movie, you can also avoid the lines and cosily settle on your couch with your significant other.
In choosing the genre of movie to watch, romantic comedies are always the safest choice, since the plot is often easy enough to follow that it’s okay to get distracted. These movies can keep the atmosphere light and fun, which is ideal for dates. Popcorn and other typical movie date snacks can always come in handy so you have something to munch on in between laughs. Continue reading
Maybe the question when stuck on a deserted island isn’t “What will you do?” but “How long will it take you to get out?” History has its fair share of people getting stuck or being left in such locales. The reality show series Survivor makes it look easy, but life as a castaway can have some serious repercussions—even after being rescued.
These and other related aspects are explained in Rescue from Gilligan’s Island, a TV movie following the events of the TV series Gilligan’s Island. In the movie, a crashed Russian satellite becomes the saving grace of Gilligan’s group of castaways, whose ship ran aground due to a tropical storm. They escaped certain death upon knowing that a massive tsunami will eat the island whole. Continue reading