Your questions about VidAngel's new service, answered

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  • Michael2011 Bigfork, MT
    June 15, 2017 4:52 p.m.

    As much as I disagree with r-rated studio films use of vulgar language and nudity, they have rights to protect their works, including their choice of the rating. VidAngels cannot be permitted to violate copyrights and make up their own licensing agreements. If they do prevail, then it would give me free license to capture any TV or Movie Series and resell the stream by charging my customers the $8 per month ($96year) without having to pay for any licensing agreements to the studio. Netflix and Amazon do not have licensing agreements to resell copyrighted content. They only have licensing agreements with the studios to provide the content to their own customers, not to permit or allow outside streaming services to charge for the stream. If VidAngels gets away with it, then it will be the wild west. Federal courts dealt with re-streaming music rights decades ago when millions of people were streaming music without paying for it. The courts always include the "intent" of the defendant, rather than siding only with the text of the law.

  • tesuji Bountiful, UT
    June 15, 2017 3:47 a.m.

    I was able to watch Netflix through Vidangel today on my Mac laptop. So it's not just working through a mobile phone, as incorrectly stated in this article.

    Apparently, Amazon viewing is not yet working - I couldn't connect to it through Vidangel. Vidangel will fix this soon, I'm sure.

    Sony has also started releasing edited, airline versions of its movies. So trends are positive, Maybe the studios are starting to realize there is a whole, untapped market for cleaner stuff.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    June 14, 2017 9:24 p.m.

    To Shaun: we don't watch much, and are selective when we do.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    June 14, 2017 7:03 p.m.

    To those complaining about Hollywood? Do not watch their content. Simple as that.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 14, 2017 5:37 p.m.

    @JCS;
    "Modern Hollywood portrays marriage as a burdensome institution to be scorned and ridiculed. Indeed, Hollywood treats marriage as something to be avoided at all costs."

    Good grief. How much money does Hollywood make on romantic comedy's? You know, boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after. How many TV shows portray families in married relationships? Maybe you're watching the wrong channels.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    June 14, 2017 5:09 p.m.

    VidAngel must be allowed to move forward. The modern entertainment industry has an open and stated agenda of promoting substance abuse and wanton sexuality. Part of this agenda includes an attempt to destroy traditional marriage and family.

    Modern Hollywood portrays marriage as a burdensome institution to be scorned and ridiculed. Indeed, Hollywood treats marriage as something to be avoided at all costs.

    Unfortunately, an impressionable public has begun to imitate what is shown on television and movies. As a result, the rates of illegitimacy and disease are skyrocketing.

    The irrefutable fact is that wanton, uncontrolled sexuality does have harmful effects for both the individual and society. Shame on those who seek to impose this harm.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    June 14, 2017 4:55 p.m.

    Hollywood uses its power to influence society and slowly turn attitudes towards its liberal worldviews. It will oppose any and all tampering with its products which are laced with leftist political and social themes. Hollywood wants your minds and souls, not just your dollars. If they can get social norms to move nearer to their warped values, then their behaviors and values won't be challenged. Which is exactly their purpose.

  • tmsrmb2 Gulf Breeze, FL
    June 14, 2017 4:25 p.m.

    I was able to get Netflix to link to my VidAngel account, but no such luck with Amazon Prime. Does anyone have any ideas? Is it just that Amazon is not playing nicely or a technical glitch, you think?

  • Fahrvergnugen Provo, UT
    June 14, 2017 3:05 p.m.

    So, another case of unauthorized streaming, this time of licensed third-party content. The fact that Netflix's terms of service specifically say not to manipulate content is a dead giveaway that VidAngel is going about this the wrong way.

    Yes, the studios don't want filtered streaming, and VidAngel is fighting for a good cause. But that doesn't give VidAngel the right to violate terms of service and expect companies to be okay with it simply because you may be bringing them customers.

  • IAlaw Malvern, IA
    June 14, 2017 2:44 p.m.

    It will be very interesting to see how the studios respond to this development and, if they decide to oppose this, how they would reconcile the new opposition with their stated reasons for opposing VidAngel's original model.

    So, which is it, Disney et al.? Do you oppose VidAngel because they initiated unauthorized and unlicensed streaming, or is it really just that you don't like families trying to filter out the garbage you put in your movies?