Friday, February 6, 2015

Shout Factory stakes a claim to streaming media

Looks like I'm not leaving the house this weekend.

The good people at Shout Factory have thrown their hat into the increasingly brutal arena of streaming video with the launch of SHOUT FACTORY TV. It's an ad-supported service that is providing more than 2,500 television episodes and movies to your browser and Roku app. Among their offerings are the first season of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, dozens of episodes of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, ELVIRA'S MOVIE MACABRE and more.

There's not a ton of exclusive content here ... you'll note the film above, Elvira's presentation of WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON (which features DARK SHADOWS alumnus Thayer David) is actually a Hulu offering. I guess the idea is to collect as much content from various sources under one banner, creating a content aggregator ... a concept that is going to become more essential as companies opt to stream their own products online. Some of the existing services (especially Hulu) have counter-intuitive search engines that seem designed to discourage people from spelunking too deeply into their archives. So it's nice that Shout Factory has gathered this programming into a neat, accessible location.

Take a look for yourself:

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