British Anti-Piracy Website Adds Disney+ Content

FindAnyFilm.com, working with Disney U.K., June 1 announced it is integrating Disney+ movies and TV shows into its listings, enabling users to search Disney content across all formats — from theatrical screenings to DVD/Blu-ray Disc, digital transactional and subscription streaming VOD. 

The website is operated by the Industry Trust for IP Awareness, a home entertainment organization aimed at thwarting piracy of movies and TV shows on behalf of industry partners, including Hollywood studios.

The U.K. reportedly ranked No. 8 among countries with residents frequenting piracy websites, including 5.75 billion visits in 2018, according to data from MUSO, a London-based data tracking service. The U.S. ranked No. 1 with 17.4 billion visits.

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FindAnyFilm.com contends that informed consumers will undermine piracy. The website says it provides an essential call to action for all anti-piracy outreach. Using the site ensures that consumers in the U.K. can be certain that the content they access comes from a legitimate source, avoiding the legal risks inherent in accessing pirated content.

“The Industry Trust works to keep consumers safe with education about the risks of infringing content, and FindAnyFilm acts as the ideal call to action for all anti-piracy outreach,” Liz Bales, CEO of The Industry Trust and British Association for Screened Entertainment, said in a statement. “Building on the collaborative relationship between The Walt Disney Company and the Industry Trust, Disney+ is a vital addition to the site’s SVOD offerings, which serves our shared goal of ensuring that FindAnyFilm.com is the ultimate destination for consumers to search, find and watch content safely.”

As the only official industry-approved search, find and watch tool for U.K. consumers, FindAnyFilm allows users to access content across all genres, from blockbuster movies to cult classic boxsets. With Disney+ titles now included, consumers benefit from access films and TV shows, including Star content. 

FindAnyFilm.com includes U.K. movie theaters, online physical retailers, including Amazon, Zavvi and Argos, digital platforms such as iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Sky Store and Google, as well as live TV listings. Users can see what content is available on the Disney+ service by clicking the digital tab on their selected title and finding the Disney+ option.  

Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Headlines U.K.’s ‘FindAnyFilm’ Retail Video

With the world’s No. 2 home entertainment market — and second-largest subscriber base for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video — the United Kingdom represents both opportunity and challenge for U.S. studios.

With the U.K. slowly embracing a return to normal following the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, the British Association for Screen Entertainment — with a mandate to “champion growth across the home entertainment market” — has released its quarterly “FindAnyFilm.com” video showcasing new and pending movie/TV show releases available in retail channels.

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The website is similar to Movies Anywhere in the U.S., an agnostic platform aimed at jumpstarting digital home entertainment retail, except that it also aggressively pushes packaged media, including Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K UHD Blu-ray, and cinema.

“It’s a trailer we make every quarter, detailing new [disc] titles coming to market in the U.K.,” BASE’s Andy Neilson said in an email.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has seized the moment, aggressively marketing erstwhile theatrical releases on FindAnyFilm. Veteran studio boss Eddie Cunningham cut his teeth as chairman of U.K. operations and regional managing director for Australia, New Zealand and the Nordic countries.

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Headlining the video is Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour, the scuttled theatrical release that exploded in popularity (and revenue) in the U.S. due to early release on premium video-on-demand. The sequel streets in the U.K. on July 27. The title generated more than $100 million in three weeks release, prompting Universal to declare it would continue PVOD distribution going forward.

Other promotional titles include Universal’s The High Note, which streets in the U.S. on packaged media Aug. 11, Military Wives, which hits retail channels on Aug. 18, The King of Staten Island (Aug. 25), and Dark Waters, which was released in March. Other featured title: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Fantasy Island, which hit the street in the U.S. on May 12.

Virgin Media Joins U.K.’s ‘FindAnyFilm’ Website

Virgin Media was one of the first pay-TV operators to incorporate direct-access to Netflix. Now the British telecom is going old-school – joining FindAnyFilm.com, the industry website designed to assist consumers in purchasing and watching movies and TV shows in the United Kingdom.

Launched in 2009 by the U.K. Film Council, FindAnyFilm.com provides access to more than 130,000 titles, enabling users to search for any film or TV show and discover results across all formats, from cinema listings to DVD and Blu-ray Disc, digital download and streaming services.

Virgin Media Store enables subscribers to browse and buy content and then watch it straight away on a TV or mobile device through the Virgin TV V6 and TiVo boxes or through the Virgin Media Store app.

“We’re excited to have joined FindAnyFilm.com so their users can discover the amazing range of content available from Virgin Media Store,” David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media, said in a statement.

Liz Bales, CEO of the British Association for Screen Entertainment, welcomed the addition of Virgin Media to the FindAnyFilm website, adding the telecom joins recent members Which.co.uk and Gigwise.

“All of these additions are part of our wider strategy to address the ongoing challenge of film and TV copyright infringement by delivering the widest range of entertainment to the broadest audience possible, ensuring they’re enjoying content safe in the knowledge that they are accessing the content they love via the most reliable and legitimate sources and methods,” said Bales.

FindAnyFilm’s Q1 trailer for upcoming movies on disc and digital in the U.K.