Independent film streaming platform, OVID.tv, will add 14 new titles to its catalog of documentaries from May 3rd. The new additions include films such as Claire Denis’ Trouble Every Day, starring Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Alex Descas, and Beatrice Dalle; Heddy Honigmann’s O Amor Natural, based on erotic poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade, and a newly restored version of Time Regained by Raul Ruiz, along with a doc about H.R. Giger (Alien designer).
OVID.tv launched in March and is a collaboration of eight independent film distributors in the U.S. to bring about a new subscription video-on-demand service. Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have been investing heavily in festivals like Sundance, but the bandwidth and associated revenues for independent documentaries and feature films have been declining. As a result, new platforms for independent fare run by smaller players have beckoned. However, before the trumpet fanfare is sounded, it should be noted that what appeared like a surefire hit in the form of the recent VOD platform FilmStruck – and its subsequent demise – shows there is no model for guaranteed success.
Monica Altmayer of NONFICS website says, “OVID is the new destination for films that are largely unavailable on most other platforms. Love hard-hitting issue documentaries and international independent cinema? Ovid is the place for you…it is not just any streaming site, but a haven for cinephiles who have been left behind.”
OVID.tv offers more than 350 arthouse, documentary, and social issue films from its founding content partners Bullfrog Films, The dGenerate Films Collection, Distrib Films US, First Run Features, Grasshopper Film, Icarus Films, KimStim, and Women Make Movies. The platform is currently available on Apple TV, Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, Amazon FireTV, Roku, and Android devices. After a free introductory 7-day trial, customers in the U.S. and soon in Canada (Fall 2019) are able to access OVID for $6.99 per month, or $69.99 annually.