Miramax inks first VOD pact in Russia

Subscription service Stream takes classic package

SARAJEVO — Miramax has inked its first video-on-demand pact in Russia.

The multi-year deal with subscription service Stream covers library pics such as “Kill Bill,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Pulp Fiction,” Good Will Hunting” and “The English Patient,” which will be available in HD format.

Viewers will be able to watch films directly through Steam’s internet site or download them to tablets, smart-phones, games consoles, Blu-ray players and connected televisions.

Inna Shalyto, CEO of Stream, hailed the deal as a “milestone” for the company.

“Partnering with Miramax allows us to bring some of the world’s most original and loved titles to Russian audiences, and it is also another step in Stream’s unmatched efforts to create a sophisticated, public digital content distribution market in Russia through relationships with content owners.”

Danny Goldman, Miramax head of sales, said: “Stream has developed into a leader in the Russian media content market, and we are very pleased that they are our first partner in Russia as we continue to extend Miramax’s global relationships.”

Stream is one of Russia’s top internet platforms, owned by industrial company Sistema and Russian mobile operator MTS, with 1.5 million unique visitors monthly. Stream’s portfolio includes around 7,000 movies and TV episodes from top Russian and international content providers, including Universal, Sony, Warner Bros., Bazalevs and Central Partnership.

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