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FilmOn aquires classic content treasure trove

FilmOn CEO Alki David has announced the acquisition of the CineBx Library with 40 other catalogues such as that of Allied Entertainment, A1 Entertainment, Four Star, and HanVideo. Together these collections include over 10,000 films and 10,000 hours of historical television footage. The addition of this substantial list to FilmOn’s already hefty offerings builds on the company’s strategy as a major licensor and acquirer of quality long-form content.

“Our global audience of tens of millions of users has made it clear that they want more and more quality content to be available on FilmOn,” says David. “In addition to our ongoing licensing of content, the CineBx acquisition is the first step in our 2014 push to add entire libraries to FilmOn’s free VOD service as well as expanding other distribution channels and technologies.”

Highlights include: John Cassavetes’ seven lost films, rare features and shorts by Robert Altman, Stanley Kubrick and uncut versions of Orson Welles’ films. Other directors include: John Ford, Frank Capra, John Huston, Roman Polanski, Bernardo Bertolucci, Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Sydney Lumet, Ingmar Bergman, and Otto Preminger.

There are 640 Westerns (22 starring John Wayne and 24 directed by Quentin Tarantino favourite William Whitney), 150 Broadway musical films, 50 Blaxploitation titles, 18 Bruce Lee related titles, and countless war films and television documentaries. There are comedies from Steve Martin, Johnny Carson, Bill Murray, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Abbot & Costello, Buster Keaton, Lucille Ball, the Marx Bros., and Mel Brooks.

Classic television is represented with shows from pioneers like Ed Sullivan and Milton Berle to the golden age of talk shows with Steve Allen and Jack Paar to TV news of Edward R. Murrow. Classic soap operas, game shows and the cartoons of Hannah Barbera will provide for massive binge viewing.

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