SnagFilms, which makes a curated library of sponsor-supported movies available for on-demand streaming, can now be used via new apps on most Android phones and tablets. The apps were developed by Digital Primates and are based on the Adobe AIR runtime environment.
SnagFilms said they work on more than 50 smartphone models and ten tablet types, including the Kindle Fire, Blackberry Playbook, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab and HTC Flyer, which are in addition to the company’s existing iOS and Sony connected TV apps. Rick Allen, SnagFilms chief operating officer, said more connected TVs apps will become available within a month.
This new app offers 400 films from its catalog of over 3,000 primarily but not entirely non-fiction titles, along with a personalized queue and an enhanced ability to search based on several criteria.
SnagFilms has been busy in other areas as well. In November, for example, it acquired the exclusive digital rights for seven acclaimed documentaries: Andrew Jarecki’s Capturing the Friedmans; Laura Israel’s Windfall; Kate Davis’ Southern Comfort; Rudy Hypolite’s Push: Madison versus Madison; G.J. Echternkamp’s Never Make It Home; Nick Fitzhugh’s Soccer City; and Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story.
Besides its own site and its apps, SnagFilms is distributed via a revenue sharing network that includes many thousands of websites worldwide and by partners that include Comcast’s XfinityTV.com, Hulu, the Starbucks Digital Network, IMDb, AOL/Huffington Post, and the Roku and Boxee platforms. SnagFilms also offers selected titles via pay video on demand with Comcast and FiOS, as well as on iTunes, Hulu Plus, Amazon and YouTube Movies.
“Just in time for the holidays comes the gift of great films, provided by SnagFilms on all major devices,” Allen said in a statement. “If you have a Kindle Fire, a smartphone with an Android operating system, or any major tablet device, just download our free app in your App Store. And if a new connected TV ends up under your tree, look for our Smart TV app. When you want great movies, trust SnagFilms – we’re all around you.”
SnagFilm was founded by Ted Leonsis with additional backing by Steve Case, Jean Case, Miles Gilburne, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, New Enterprise Associates, Comcast Ventures, and a group led by Circle Films founders Ted and Jim Pedas.