How VidAngel’s New Service Works

How VidAngel’s New Service Works

Judge Says He Doesn’t Have Enough Information to Clarify the Injunction, Yet

VidAngel Customers,

We just received news from Judge Birotte that “without further factual development on this issue, the Court is not in the position to declare the rights of the parties with regard to this new service.” This is nothing to worry about, it just means the can was kicked down the road.

Judge Birotte’s denial of VidAngel’s motion today was based purely on procedural grounds and not on the merits of our case. Our attorneys are evaluating the decision and will decide next steps in the near future. It is important for everyone to note that this does not affect VidAngel’s new system, which is fully up and running, it simply delays our ability to provide customers with content created by the plaintiffs.

In the meanwhile, we’ll be posting the following notice on the plaintiffs works to let customer know why they are unable to filter those movies and TV shows.

Keep enjoying all the other great content while we sort this out.

Sincerely,

Neal Harmon

CEO

Amazon Fire TV and Android TV Apps

They’re finally here! Since we launched in June, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV have been among the most requested apps. We hear you!

After lots of hard work and some courageous bug fighting, we’re happy to announce that the VidAngel apps for Amazon Fire TV and Android TV are now publicly available! You can find them on the Amazon Appstore and Google Play starting today.

Now you can watch & filter your favorite streaming accounts however the bleep you want right from the comfort of your couch!

We’re excited to get these into your hands and look forward to your feedback on how we can improve.

Best,

Caleb Allen

President Intern and All Things Android

New Movies on VidAngel – July, 2017

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TV Shows added in July, 2017

VIDANGEL EXCLUSIVE

Rachel and the Treeschoolers (S1)

NETFLIX

Anne with an E (S1)
The Crown (S1)
Dexter (S4)
The Get Down (S1-P1, S1-P2)
GirlBoss (S1)
The Office (S1, S2)
Parks & Recreation (S1)
Santa Clarita Diet (S1)
Twin Peaks (S1)

AMAZON

Catastrophe (S1)
Mozart in the Jungle (S1)
Mr. Robot (S1)
Suits (S1)
The Sopranos (S1)
Transparent (S1)
Vikings (S1)

AMAZON HBO

Big Little Lies (S1)
Game of Thrones (S7-E1,S7-E2,S7-E3)
Silicon Valley (S1)

 

Movies added in July, 2017

VIDANGEL EXCLUSIVE

Life on Bitcoin

NETFLIX

Albion: The Enchanted Stallion
Beasts of No Nation – NR
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Butter
Clouds of Sils Maria
Frailty
High-Rise
Man On Wire
Mean Girls
No Country for Old Men – R
Okja (2017) – TV MA
Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday – TV PG
Phoenix (2014) – PG 13
Southpaw
The Break-up
The Imitation Game
The Imposter
The Look of Silence (2014) – PG 13
The Place Beyond the Pines – R
Trolls (2016) – PG
What Happened, Miss Simone?

AMAZON PRIME

12 O’Clock Boys
20 Feet From Stardom (2013) – PG-13
Akeelah and the Bee – PG
Bad News Bears (2005) – PG-13
Barnyard – PG
Before I Fall (2017) – PG 13
Bitter Harvest (2017) R
Blair Witch (2016) – R
Breach (2007) – PG-13
By the Sea (2015) – R
Cats Don’t Dance – G
Chances Are – PG
Charlottes Web 2 – G
Conspiracy
Dark Places (2015) – R
Ghost Dad – PG
I.Q. (1994) – PG
Knight of Cups – R
Little Big League – PG
Lover Come Back – PG
Monster (2003) – R
Paper Planes (2014) – NR
Show Boat (1951) – NR
Silence (2016) – R
Spy Kids 3: Game Over – PG
Star Trek IX
Star Trek VI
Star Trek VIII
Star Trek X
StarTrek I
StarTrek II
StarTrek IV
StarTrek V
The Affair Of The Necklace – R
The Bad News Bears Go To Japan – PG
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training – PG
The Dressmaker (2015) – NR
The Freshman (1990) – PG
The Last Temptation of Christ – R
The Man With The Golden Gun – PG
The Sea of Trees
The Spy Who Loved Me – PG
The Swan Princess And The Secret Of The Castle – G
Wet Hot American Summer – R
When Trumpets Fade (1998) – R
Wild Card (2015) – R

AMAZON HBO

Grand Piano – R

AMAZON RENTALS

20th Century Women
A Dog’s Purpose
A Monster Calls
All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 – G
Allied – R
Alone in Berlin
An American in Paris – NR
Arrival
Awakening the Zodiac
Before I Fall
Bitter Harvest
Blair Witch
Colossal
Get Out
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Josie and the Pussycats- PG-13
Junior (1994) – PG-13
La La Land
Life (2017) – R
Loving
Mirrormask – PG
Miss Sloane
Monster Trucks
Mrs. Miniver – NR
Passengers
Patriots Day
Pillow Talk (1959) – NR
Power Rangers (2017) PG 13
Sabrina (1954) – NR
Silence
Sing
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Split
Silence
The Boss Baby
The Girl on the Train
The Great Wall
The Last Word
The Pebble and the Penguin – G
The Quick and the Dead – R
The Shack
The Space Between Us
The Uninvited (2009) – PG-13
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Timecop – R
Vice (2015) – R
Voice From the Stone
XXX: Return of Xander Cage
Zero Days (2016) – PG 13

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017) – PG-13

 

 

Dry Bar Comedy added in July, 2017

Christian Pieper: Glutton for Punishment
Tim Young: What World Is This?
Josh Fonokalafi: The Specific Islander
Collin Moulton: Anti Animal Vegan
Key Lewis: Half Black Half White Looks Mexican
Andrew Sleighter: Breakfast Stealer
Leland Klassen: More True
Jason Love: Jokes On Me
Keith Stubbs: Pound Cake

 

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* VidAngel is not affiliated with or sponsored by Amazon, HBO or Netflix. Amazon, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Instant Video are registered trademarks of Amazon Technologies, Inc. Netflix is a registered trademark of Netflix, Inc. HBO is a registered trademark of Home Box Office, Inc.

* To see the Amazon/HBO/Netflix content that is available, you must have an Amazon/HBO/Netflix account.

Why Can’t I Filter Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros on the NEW VidAngel?

Disney and other studios are trying to block even the NEW VidAngel System, even though we met all their previous demands.  Don’t worry, we have thousands of the best titles available. But in 3 minutes, here’s why they’re trying to block us, and how you can help.

A year ago, Disney sued VidAngel and persuaded a judge to temporarily close our old site. ‘Cause Disney used the same rationale it used on the Tower of Terror: “A lot of people love this. Let’s shut it down.”

We think they were in the wrong, as you can see in our video addressing VidAngel’s legality. But while we keep fighting the legal battle, we’ve released a new system that meets Disney’s demands:

  • 1) Pay creators through normal streaming channels, and…
  • 2) Don’t use decryption.

 

Yet Disney’s still trying to block us in court from filtering their movies. So it begs the question — how can it get all it wanted, and still not be happy?

Here’s the problem. Disney says Hollywood’s ok with filtering, just not with VidAngel’s model. But look at the history — Hollywood’s not ok with filtering. Except for filtering dollars out of actresses’ paychecks.

Sony recently tried to release cleaned-up versions of movies, but the Directors Guild threatened to sue for violating contracts that forbid filtering — contracts we know exist because of the Sony leak in 2014. So Sony backed down.

VidAngel (in the past) and our competitor ClearPlay (more recently) tried to filter using a Google Play plugin, but VidAngel got a cease-and-desist letter and ClearPlay was quietly blocked from adding new movies. Now that service doesn’t work at all.  And if ClearPlay’s new service gets big enough to bother Disney, it can be blocked in the same way, by enforcing anti-filtering contracts.

Hollywood studios may say they’re ok with filtering, but look at their actions. They’ve opposed the Family Movie Act, threatened to sue Sony, and actually sued VidAngel, ClearPlay, Cleanflix, and every other filtering company in history prior to VidAngel.

If you ask their permission, they reject you. And if you don’t ask, they sue you. They may say it’s not about filtering. But if Sauron sues Frodo and claims it’s not about the ring, you won’t believe him ‘cause he’s clearly obsessed with the ring. Though that analogy’s not perfect, ‘cause Sauron’s empire is way smaller than Disney’s.

But now you can help. Senator Orrin Hatch and other members of Congress are working to find a solution that allows families to filter on any device and any streaming platform. Please contact your own representatives, and ask them to support Senator Hatch’s efforts.

Here’s how.

Most effective: visit their offices. Very effective: give them a call. It’s like texting, but with your voice. Effective: Post on their Facebook and Twitter since, unfortunately, e-mail messages are often ignored.

To make it easier, you can go to SaveFiltering.VidAngel.com and enter your Zip Code to find their contact info and our advice on what to say.

Thanks for all you do. Now go enjoy our other titles.

LEGAL UPDATE: Setting the Record Straight About Disney’s False Set of Claims Concerning VidAngel and ClearPlay

VIDEO: Setting the Record Straight Concerning Disney’s False Claims About VidAngel and ClearPlay

UPDATE: We have discovered that in some instances, on some devices, it is possible to stream 1080p from Amazon.com on Google Chrome. We have corrected the video and images in this post accordingly.

VidAngel is back! But Hollywood isn’t going to let stay up without a fight.

Disney claims it supports parental filtering but in the words of a well-respected former U.S. Senator, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.”

Does Disney’s rhetoric match reality?

Let’s find out.

FACT: Disney is trying to block VidAngel’s new system from filtering movies. Here is a short video we submitted to the court Monday night taking a deeper look at its arguments:

It took 45 mins of repeatedly watching heads get blown open before we were able to get ClearPlay’s filters to work without crashing. After doing so, we counted at least 65 pauses while playing the movie. This is NOT what Congress intended when it passed the Family Movie Act, the law sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch that made filtering for families legal.

Want to know how you can help? Go to SaveFiltering.VidAngel.com, tell your Member of Congress to clarify the FMA to ensure its future. 

 

And, for those who are interested, let’s look at the other facts:

  • FACT: June 8th – Disney tells the Ninth Circuit that if VidAngel comes up with a system that isn’t “premised on the DMCA,” VidAngel should file a motion to clarify the preliminary injunction. Watch here.

  • FACT: June 19th – VidAngel submits a motion to clarify the injunction based on the new filtering system. Read motion.

  • FACT: June 20th –  Disney asks the judge either to strike VidAngel’s motion or allow it at least three months to look into every aspect of VidAngel’s business, obviously trying to drain our resources and buy time. Read motion.

  • FACT: June 21st – Senator Orrin Hatch announces his support of VidAngel and filtering.  Read story.

  • FACT: June 22th – VidAngel opposes Disney’s requests to strike or for more time and discovery: Read opposition.

  • FACT: The Court DENIES Disney’s requests to strike and for time time to conduct further discovery (give it up for small victories!).

  • FACT:  July 3rd – Disney files opposition to the new VidAngel Technology. Read opposition

  • FACT: July 10th – VidAngel files its reply. Read Reply.

  • UPDATE: July 31st – hearing in LA scheduled to present the truth to the District Court.

We think the Schells’ comment below posted on Facebook sums up Disney’s opposition well:

  • FACT: Disney’s words lead one to believe they support filtering, but its actions tell an entirely different story.

Want to know how you can help? Go to SaveFiltering.VidAngel.com, tell your Member of Congress that Disney’s Mickey Mouse image on filtering is Fantasy, or Fantasia if you wish.

Amazon and Netflix both fully operational

VidAngel Customers,

We’re pleased to announce that Netflix is again working properly.

In addition, all of the following outstanding issues have been resolved:

  1. Descriptive messages when a video won’t play (like you’ve reached your screen limit, etc).
  2. Netflix PIN for Parental Controls
  3. Netflix auto-select non-child profile
  4. App interface for confirmation codes for Amazon.
  5. Amazon PIN for Parental Controls
  6. Amazon 2-Factor Authentication

Hooray, now you don’t have to turn off parental controls on Netflix or Amazon to use VidAngel!

Existing free trials that started before 6am MST on July 5, 2017 will be extended until the morning of August 5, 2017.

Now, that the system is humming smoothly, the next thirty days will be 100 percent focused on publishing a ton of new content.

Happy filtering,

Neal Harmon, CEO

VidAngel

 

VidAngel is not affiliated with or sponsored by Amazon, HBO or Netflix. Amazon, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Instant Video are registered trademarks of Amazon Technologies, Inc. Netflix is a registered trademark of Netflix, Inc. HBO is a registered trademark of Home Box Office, Inc

Update on Free Trial Extension

VidAngel Customers,

We’re pleased that Amazon is working again (we’ve implemented the proper security features for your Amazon account).

We regret to inform you that now we have a technical glitch with Netflix streams. This is frustrating because your account connects to Netflix, but VidAngel is unable to fetch your stream for filtering at the moment. We have a fix in the works. Again, we need to ensure that Netflix’s systems know that you’re real people wanting to filter just as we need to on Amazon. This is something we learn to do better and better as more of you use the system.

The good news is that we’re continuing the free trial extension until the service is working for you. And you’re able to enjoy VidAngel Originals and filtering on your Amazon Prime, Amazon Rentals and HBO accounts in the meantime for free.

Best regards,

Neal Harmon, CEO

VidAngel

 

VidAngel is not affiliated with or sponsored by Amazon, HBO or Netflix. Amazon, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Instant Video are registered trademarks of Amazon Technologies, Inc. Netflix is a registered trademark of Netflix, Inc. HBO is a registered trademark of Home Box Office, Inc

Update on Amazon and HBO

VidAngel Customers,

We promised you an update today on the situation with the Amazon connector (which also impacted Amazon Channels HBO). We’re pleased that we just published the following updates to the website, iOS, Android and Roku beta:

  1. App interface for confirmation codes for Amazon.
  2. Two factor authentication support for Amazon.
  3. A series of backend and app fixes.

Please update your iOS, Android or Roku apps to have the latest code and fix for Amazon. These updates should solve the vast majority of problems customers have experienced. If you have connected before, please disconnect and reconnect to implement the improvements.

Issues still outstanding (we’re working on these)

  1. Descriptive messages when a video won’t play (like you’ve reached your screen limit, or you need to disable parental controls, etc).
  2. Netflix PIN
  3. Netflix Profile support
  4. Captcha support

The buttons still say down for maintenance but will soon be switched to a message that says: “Having issues? See Help Section.” Even though the buttons currently say “down for maintenance”, you can click on them and try connecting. Let us know at support@vidangel.com or in the comments below if you run into an issue.

If the weekend is smooth and things work for people, we will update the buttons again so that it’s clear the system is operational.

Thanks again for your support and patience.

Neal Harmon, CEO

VidAngel

 

P.S. A few people have had trouble with the Amazon connector for Game of Thrones and other programs. We have learned that the fix is disconnecting your Amazon account and reconnecting. That clears out your old session and establishes a new improved session and fixes the issue.

ALL free trials will be extended and start again when major bug fixed

VidAngel Customers,

We need to apologize for a very rocky launch. We messed up and you all deserve better.

First, our Amazon connector is temporarily down for maintenance, but once we get it back up and running, we’ll be sure to extend your free trials to begin again when Amazon starts working. In the meantime, enjoy Netflix, Dry Bar Comedy, and VidAngel Studios licensed shows for free.

What Happened With Amazon?

We’ve been testing our service for months and things were running smoothly so we thought we were ready to launch.

Then this happened:

We never dreamed we’d have more interest than before we were shut down.  We should have had more faith in our fans and prepared for more traffic, but we didn’t. These traffic numbers have made this week a nightmare for all of you and our entire team. We have had the executives, marketing, finance, content and everyone helping the support team. Our tech team members are working around the clock. Everyone is exhausted. Our customers who were wanting to watch a movie worry free this weekend, now feel frustrated.  Understandably so because we are just as frustrated.  We wanted you to have a great weekend and thought we had everything ready.  

Amazon Wants To Know You Are A Human

Amazon wants your account to be very secure and so does VidAngel. Here’s what is happening (and the fix is very straight forward):

  1. You give your Amazon credentials to VidAngel and the VidAngel servers become you in the cloud to help you filter your Amazon account (your credentials are encrypted and stored on your device only, not VidAngel’s servers, for security reasons).
  2. When Amazon received so many requests to filter in a short period of time, its systems began asking for verification that you are really you.
  3. The VidAngel app does not yet have a feature built in to let you make the handshake between you, a real person, and Amazon’s extra verification. We didn’t realize how many different verifications Amazon has until we had thousands of you hitting Amazon at the same time.
  4. This extra step causes you frustration, so you try again and repeat the cycle which makes the problem worse for everyone because Amazon asks for more verification each time you cannot prove you are you.

This is a good thing. It means Amazon wants your account to be secure so they can ensure it is really you accessing your account.

How VidAngel Will Help You Stay Secure

VidAngel wants your Amazon account to be very secure as well. VidAngel is working on a technology to show you the verification messages from Amazon so that you can let Amazon know that you are a real person within the VidAngel app.

We hope to have a fix for this by next weekend. We’re putting everything we have into it.

Please accept our heartfelt apology fans; we’ll make it right (remember we’ll extend the free trial and you can enjoy everything else VidAngel offers for free in the meantime).

Neal Harmon, CEO

VidAngel

 

VidAngel is not affiliated with or sponsored by Amazon, HBO or Netflix. Amazon, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Instant Video are registered trademarks of Amazon Technologies, Inc. Netflix is a registered trademark of Netflix, Inc. HBO is a registered trademark of Home Box Office, Inc