Longtime home entertainment distributor VCI Entertainment has launched an ad-free subscription streaming VOD service, dubbed VCI Classics. The service is priced at a $5.99 monthly, or $59.99 annually with a free 14-day trial period.
The service, which is available on the web at: VCI Entertainment (vhx.tv) and on Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, features thousands of hours of movies, TV series, documentaries, and special interest content.
Consumers who purchase the yearly option receive a free membership to the VCI DVD Club (a $19.95 value), which offers members special pricing on all VCI DVDs and Blu-ray Disc releases. The platform is powered by Vimeo.
“We opted for SVOD because I don’t like commercial interruptions,” Robert Blair, president of VCI, said in a statement. “I believe that there are many classic movie fans that feel the same way.”
VCI Classics aims to offer a curated range of programming, including Hollywood classics from the silent era to more recent independent and foreign offerings. The service is tapping into the VCI library of more than 6,000 titles, including Kit Parker Films, with a library that includes classic Hollywood ‘B’ Films, Westerns, film noir, and sci-fi, and First Line Films, with a library that includes Euro classics from Italy, Spain, France, and Germany with an emphasis on spaghetti Westerns, crime, action, and horror.
The MVD Entertainment Group is also on board and represents a diverse group of independent labels. They provide a variety to the mix, including documentaries, music and concert films, and some cutting-edge cult, horror, and sci-fi entertainment. The Mary Pickford Foundation, actively preserving and restoring the films of namesake Mary Pickford, has contributed restored Pickford films, plus many classic Hollywood talking films produced by Pickford and featuring other major elite stars of the day.
Blair said he would consider offering an ad-supported VOD service down the road, based on the consumer feedback.
“We’ll let the market decide,” he said.