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Rotterdam Fest Unveils Streaming Service With Jim Jarmusch, Alexander Payne Titles

The SVOD platform, dubbed IFFR Unleashed, which had a soft launch at [the] Rotterdam International Film Festival last year, features highlights from previous festival lineups, including Jarmusch’s vampire drama Only Lovers Left Alive with Tilda Swinton, Payne’s Oscar-nominated Nebraska and Arnold’s 2011 take on the Emily Bronte classic Wuthering Heights. – Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter http://ift.tt/2Emuy96

The Omnipotent Wiper App Now Also Streaming Movies

Movies supported by the Wiper streaming program can be shared with friends through messages and comments on their info pages, and the company revealed that 65% of all related revenue will go to their filmmakers via the mentioned built-in bitcoin wallet. Indie movies can be discovered through various categories which can additionally be filtered by length, country of origin, and language. Another cool feature which will probably draw some customers is the fact that 20% of each movie can be streamed to a user’s device completely free of charge. – Dominik Bosnjak, Androidheadlines 

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Earbits Unveils New Apps, Still Streams Great Free, Ad-Free Independent Music

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The new iOS app is the star of the show here, having been redesigned from top to bottom (an updated Android version is coming soon, I’m told.) Now, as soon as you sign up, you can choose your “discovery level,” which customizes the mix of new and recommended tracks from the Earbits curators versus the music you save to your profile that appears in your stream while you listen. That way you’re always rewarded with something new you’ve never heard before, but if you use the app a lot and save artists and songs to your profile—something else new in the latest version—you still get to hear mostly music you know you’ll love. – Alan Henry, Lifehacker

Labels start making more money from streaming than downloads

Streaming is starting to overtake digital downloads as a source of revenue for independent labels, according to a new blog post from British indie music heavyweight PIAS (hat tip to Hypebot). The company, which runs a couple of indie labels itself but also provides funding and distribution services to other indies, saw higher revenues from streaming than downloads in 24 markets last year, including countries like France, the Netherlands and Spain. – Janko Roettgers, Gigaom
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Google strong-arms indie musicians into accepting brutal, crowdfunding-killing deal for…

Zoe Keating, who runs her own micro-label, has summarized the conversation she had with her Google rep. As JWZ says, it’s “the same strategy they used with Google Plus: instead of creating a new service and letting it compete on its own merits, they’re going to artificially prop it up by giving people no choice but to sign up for it.” – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing  
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Who Needs Theatrical? Why Hal Hartley is Distributing ‘Ned Rifle’ Via Vimeo on Demand

Last November, Hal Hartley took to Kickstarter to raise funds for his latest project, “Ned Rifle,” the third in a trilogy that began with “Henry Fool” in 1997 and continued with “Fay Grim” in 2007. Tapping into his devout worldwide fan base, his campaign ultimately raised more than $395,000. […] Instead of going the traditional distribution route, Hartley has embraced the day-and-date model with plans to premiere this spring through a limited exclusive window with Vimeo On Demand before expanding via Hartley’s own successful digital storefront Possible Films (newly re-christened HalHartley.com) and other aggregated platforms. […] For its part, Vimeo will take 10% of the sales of “Ned Rifle,” and in turn, they’ll support the film with promotions. The best part of the deal, said Hartley is that he still maintains the rights to the film.- Paula Bernstein,indieWIRE
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8tracks streaming music service wants to be ‘better friend’ to indies

US firm 8tracks […] and has become an under-the-radar success: not just popular, but profitable too. Some achievement given that most streaming music services are losing money by the sackful. […] 8tracks launched in August 2008, bootstrapped by its founders, and ran for three years with “a little bit of cash from angel investors to pay our royalty bills” before raising a $1.2m seed round in 2011, then another $1.4m in 2014. The basic service is free with advertising, but also offers a “Plus” tier for subscribers to pay $25 every six months to remove the ads […] Some tracks are streamed from SoundCloud, via an integration with that service that means for those songs “the artist or label has waived their royalties”. However, [David Porter] says 8tracks thinks a lot about how it can be “a better friend” to independent labels in particular. “We’re working towards direct deals with labels, certainly on the indie side of things where there’s more flexibility than with the majors,” he says. – Stuart Dredge,The Guardian 
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YouTube’s streaming music service just overcame its last big barrier

The streaming video platform has struck a deal to license music from smaller record labels, ending a dispute that had included threats to take down videos from acts including Adele and the Arctic Monkeys. The deal, first reported by the Financial Times was struck between YouTube and Merlin, a company that represents a variety of smaller record labels. Merlin and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment. YouTube has been developing a streaming music service for quite some time. It was originally slated for launch in late 2013, but has been pushed back multiple times. The service is reportedly called “YouTube Music Key” and includes features similar to those found on other music services. – Jason Abbruzzese,Mashable
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