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film-detectiveThe Film Detective Launches on Roku, Amazon Fire TV & Apple TV

ROCKPORT, Mass. — Dec. 12, 2016 — For Immediate Release — The Film Detective announces its classic movie app, streaming on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. An established leader in film restoration and distribution, with thousands of hours of classic film and television restored from original elements, The Film Detective offers viewers the chance to forgo DVDs or a cable subscription, while still enjoying great entertainment. For a preview, visit thefilmdetective.tv

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The app launches with dozens of iconic titles, including rare silent films, westerns, film noir, musicals and comedies. In addition to such golden age Hollywood fare as Kansas City Confidential (1952), The Film Detective has uncovered and restored such kitschy titles as Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), The Vampire Bat (1933) and 20 episodes of The New Howdy Doody Show (1976-77). The app refreshes content monthly for timely programming around themes, holidays and anniversaries.

The Film Detective also creates original, supplemental content, with legendary broadcast veteran Dana Hersey (longtime star of Boston’s WSBK-TV’s groundbreaking series, The Movie Loft), offering behind-the-scenes information and fun-facts about the movies. The Film Detective’s original content starts with The Outlaw: The Movie That Couldn’t Be Stopped, a mini-documentary highlighting the film’s controversial journey to success.

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In addition, the app offers licensed content such as the recently discovered, HD-restored, lost Ed Wood TV pilot Final Curtain (1957); the Oscar-winning documentary The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975); and such beloved family classics as Sounder (1972). The Film Detective has also licensed the Independent International Pictures library which includes over 200 classic exploitation films, including the Al Adamson collection (Satan’s Sadists, 1969).

“Our team is excited to bring vintage cinema to life in the digital age through The Film Detective app. It gives consumers a library of content without purchasing DVDs, Blu-rays or subscribing to cable. Viewers can now enjoy old favorites and long-lost gems on demand. This is truly cutting the cord,” commented Phil Hopkins, Founder of The Film Detective.

The Film Detective uses Zype, the video distribution service for OTT, to manage and publish their premium content and foster relationships with classic movie and TV fans. “A premium subscription service is the natural progression for The Film Detective,” said Zype’s CEO, Ed Laczynski. “Zype is thrilled to help The Film Detective bring content to streaming media devices and to help cord-cutters re-discover the classic film and television content they grew up with.”

Enjoy a free trial period with subscriptions starting as low as $3.99 per month or $34.99 annually. Three films will stream free each month. iOS distribution will be available in 2017.

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About The Film Detective:

Founder Philip Elliott Hopkins – who has been a fixture in the entertainment industry since 1999 –  has channeled his life-long passion for collecting classic films into The Film Detective, a leading purveyor of restoration and distribution of broadcast-quality, digitally-remastered programming, including feature films, television, foreign imports, documentaries, special interest and audio. Since launching in 2014, the Massachusetts-based company has distributed its extensive library of 3000+ hours on DVD, Blu-ray and through such leading digital and television broadcast platforms as Turner Classic Movies, American Movie Classics, NBC, Bounce TV, Hulu, Amazon, EPIX HD, MeTV, PBS and more. In 2016, the Film Detective launched its OTT classic movies channel streaming on Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV. Visit us online at www.TheFilmDetective.com

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