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Why We Don’t Do Disney

Hello VidAngel Family,

 

At VidAngel we provide filters for a lot of movies and TV shows. This year we’re offering about 1000 new movies and episodes every quarter. That’s an average of 10 new titles every day. But at some point our customers will search for a movie or TV show they cannot find. Sometimes it may be a show that’s off the beaten path. Maybe a hidden gem we didn’t know about. When that’s the case, please tell us. We’re usually willing to bend over backwards to take care of our customers, (unless they want filters for
250 episodes of M*A*S*H, which they remember fondly from 1978).

There are some movies and TV shows we don’t filter because of their studio affiliation. As many of our long-time customers know, VidAngel fought an extended and costly battle with Hollywood in a fight to keep filtering alive. The instigators of the litigation were Disney and Warner Brothers.

For four years VidAngel fought for the rights of you, our members, to control how you experience media in your home. So when Disney chose to settle, it was cause for celebration. Our business was intact. Our customers stuck with us (thank you!). And you can still watch filtered TV and movies in your home.

However, part of that agreement was that we would not filter content from the plaintiff studios or their affiliates—which means the Disney universe (Hulu, HBO, Fox, Newline, Touchstone, Lucasfilm, Searchlight, Marvel) and Warner Brothers. We’re hoping that Disney and its partners have a change of heart.

We will keep trying as well. We consider it our mission. In the meantime, can I suggest you try one of our other 2500 movies or 10,000 TV episodes? Try searching by category on our home page. You should find plenty that you and your family will enjoy.

 

Thank you,


Bill Aho
CEO, VidAngel

Introducing VidAngel Entertainment

Hello VidAngel Family,

I am pleased to tell all VidAngel customers that a new company, VidAngel Entertainment, is now running the VidAngel filtering business.  We purchased the assets from the former VidAngel Inc., which has been rebranded as Angel Studios and is now focused exclusively on a quest to redefine the studio business with an innovative model and a commitment to positive content.

This change officially took place on March 1st and the experience for most of our customers has been seamless. We had a couple of small hiccups, but when problems arise, we jump to fix them, day or night.

Our commitment to filtering is stronger than ever.  And while our company is new, our team is not.  We brought with us all the employees that have been working on VidAngel filtering—because they love the product and care deeply about our customers.  I have also been involved in filtering in the past.  I was formerly the CEO of ClearPlay and spent years fighting Hollywood and, eventually, getting Congress to pass The Family Movie Act.

Many people are aware of the lawsuit that VidAngel also fought with the studios the past four years, which resulted in the company filing for bankruptcy.  What some people don’t know is that the lawsuit has been successfully settled, the bankruptcy closed and behind us and the VidAngel filtering business is alive and well and growing rapidly.  Already through the first three months of this year, we’ve released filters for nearly 1000 movies and television shows.

We are also pleased to have Season 2 of The Chosen available to VidAngel subscribers.  This critically acclaimed series has been wildly successful and some families have found that they enjoy it even more with some mild filtering, which is available on our site.

We are making a few changes.  We’re increasing investment in the product technology, which has been neglected while the company was in litigation.  And we’ve added to our Customer Support team, to make sure that when you have questions, we’re ready with answers.  And finally, the VidAngel filtering business is growing again, which is fun and exciting for all of us.

We love to hear from our customers, with personal testimonials, or suggestions for how we can do even better.  Sometimes people will ask how they can help support our cause.  The best way is to tell your friends.  Over 50% of our new members heard about VidAngel from a friend or family member.  We are humbled to have so many word-of-mouth endorsements and promise to do everything in our power to delight each customer.  There’s nothing that makes us happier than when a customer says that VidAngel has blessed their families.

 

Thank you all,

Bill Aho

CEO, VidAngel Entertainment, Inc.