VidAngel, a film and television streaming service based in Provo, announced a major change to its services on Tuesday night.
During a Facebook Live announcement on Tuesday night, VidAngel CEO Neal Harmon announced that the company will launch a new streaming service that gives movie viewers the opportunity to watch filtered Netflix, Amazon and HBO content.
The new service will be available on mobile devices, both iOS and Android, starting tonight. It will later be available on Apple TV, Roku and various other players, Harmon said.
The new service allows users to log into other streaming service accounts and filter content based on options provided by VidAngel.
Interested parties can sign up for the new service on VidAngel's website here. The service will cost $7.99 a month with the first month free.
VidAngel said it received the idea from Disney during court proceedings.
Disney, along with three other Hollywood studios, filed a lawsuit more than six months ago against VidAngel over streaming rights, saying that VidAngel violated copyright law by filtering movies without owning those rights.
VidAngel asked the engineering team to develop a system thereafter.
VidAngel announced these changes in an event in Provo, which was also broadcasted on Facebook Live.
The company's website underwent a significant change at 7 p.m. as well, showing pictures and information about the announcement.
VidAngel’s app also changed, displaying Amazon, Netflix and HBO logos.
VidAngel, a film and television streaming service based in Provo, announced a major change to its services on Tuesday night, allowing users to watch filtered content from Netflix, Amazon and HBO. | VidAngel
The app, which was last updated on June 13, now begins with a loading screen that reads “Watch however the bleep you want.”
The announcement comes despite VidAngel’s ongoing battle over copyright and streaming rights.
Four Hollywood studios sued VidAngel over copyright laws last year. The ongoing court case, which reached the federal court system, led to a federal judge asking VidAngel to stop its streaming system, according to the Deseret News.
As Deadline reported, the old VidAngel “cracked the encryption on discs, then sold and repurchased the content in transactions with consumers who specified edits.” This allowed people to download clean and family-free content for movies, for example, like “The Martian.”
VidAngel said this form of alteration was in line with the Family Movie Act, which gives people the right to pause or mute their votes in hopes that they will be more family-friendly.
Late last week, ClearPlay, another movie filtering service, announced a new tool that allows customer to stream select movies on Amazon.com, according to the Deseret News.
ClearPlay, which allows users to skip and mute scenes that viewers find objectionable, created the new technology alongside Amazon.
Those interested in the ClearPlay tool can download an updated version of Google Chrome and add the filter to their home browser. The service is currently available to the public on amazon.clearplay.com.
The Provo-based company also updated investors on proceedings and answered questions about the company and its ongoing lawsuit.