New free VOD service in Germany
Jörn Krieger | 19-10-2012
German media entrepreneurs Patrick Hörl and Jan Mojto want to set up a video-on-demand (VOD) platform with classic movies from Germany and Austria.
Viewers will be able to watch the films free-of-charge with the offering to be financed through advertising.
Bavarian media authority BLM granted the service dubbed CineCom a licence valid for eight years at its latest assembly in Munich. The line-up will comprise comedies, music films, dramas, romantic movies and crime thrillers from the 1930's and following years.
CineDom is still in preparation and currently only available in a preliminary version on Deutsche Telekom's IPTV platform Entertain and on the open internet at www.cinedom.tv.
In the next weeks, the service will be developed into a full-fledged VOD portal and then also become available on connected TV sets, for example from Samsung and Philips, and on mobile devices.
CineDom is operated by Munich-based media company Autentic in which Hörl (50%) and Mojto's movie company Beta Film (40%) are the main shareholders with 5% each owned by investors Moritz Freiherr von Kruedener and Herbert Schroder. Autentic operates thematic TV channels in Germany and international markets and acts as a rights dealer specialised in documentaries.