Disney claims ClearPlay is the legal streaming option. But because of studio restrictions ClearPlay’s service is severely limited (see graph below). What’s more, the studios have admitted they have the power to shut down that service at any time because ClearPlay is violating Google’s terms of service.
How does VidAngel know all this? Because we filtered movies on Google Play before ClearPlay did. The studios shut down our access to Google Chromecast HD streaming and we received a cease-and-desist for violating terms of service.
And this isn’t just antagonism to VidAngel, but to filtering in general. Google Play (which has licenses to stream Hollywood movies) later asked the Studios if they would filter HD movies using VidAngel technology. The studios said no again, this time to Google — one of the biggest companies in the world.
Lionsgate and Sony have also expressed interest in licensing to VidAngel because they realize the filtering market is huge. But they are forbidden to do so by their contracts with the Directors Guild of America.
This IS about filtering. Disney understands that if they can win a fight over decryption or copyright, then they can kill filtering (or render it unusable), allowing them to maintain a veto power over how you watch movies in privacy of your own home.
Fight for filtering by contacting Congress at savefiltering.vidangel.com #SaveFiltering
Read the full story of Hollywood's fight against VidAngel and Filtering as told by Neal Harmon (CEO) here.
Read VidAngel's opening brief to the ninth circuit court of appeals here. (by Peter K Stris, who has been to the Supreme Court 7 times)
For context on ClearPlay read Bill Aho's (ClearPlay's former CEO) declaration of Support for VidAngel here.