Lionsgate Launching Streaming Movie Subscription Service In 2015

If all your friends were launching standalone streaming entertainment, would you? It seems the peer pressure bug has been biting some of the major players in media, after HBO, CBS and Univision all announced recently that they’d be offering content directly to consumers on a subscription basis. And now movie studio Lionsgate is joining the fray with its own online subscription service, launching next year.

Lionsgate said today that the direct-to-consumers service will be called Tribeca Short List, reports the Chicago Tribune, and will offer movies like The Hunger Games starting in 2015.

“The launch of the Tribeca Short List service unites two powerful brands and underscores our commitment to collaborate with blue-chip partners around the world,” Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer said in a statement. “The Tribeca name resonates with movie aficionados everywhere.”

While the more choices there are makes it merrier for consumers, it might not all be smooth sailing in the future for cordcutters — online blackouts could threaten a smooth viewing experience if say, your Internet provider gets into a tiff/contract dispute with your content provider, as my esteemed colleague wrote about earlier today.

Lions Gate to offer streaming movie service in 2015 [Chicago Tribune]