Blinkbox, the film and TV aggregator, has signed a licensing deal with the British Film Institute (BFI) that will allow it to stream films from its library of classic titles.
The deal covers 37 features from the BFI archive, including Love Is The Devil, starring Daniel Craig, Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio, and Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives. Blinkbox will stream them to customers on a free ad-supported basis.
The website is also planning to showcase a BFI feature film each month, which will be available for users to buy or rent over the internet. In addition, over 20 short films from British animator Phil Mulloy will be available on-demand.
“As a British based company, we’re constantly looking to champion home-grown content through our TV and film VOD service,” says blinkbox CEO and co-founder Michael Comish.
Blinkbox’s new agreement with the BFI raises its total number of British TV and film titles to over 500 and its selection of premium titles to nearly 6000. BBC Worldwide, Universal, Twentieth Century Fox already contribute to the site’s catalogue, alongside more than 15 independent producers.