Tribeca Shortlist SVOD Service Launches

Tribeca Enterprises and Lionsgate have partnered to launch a new subscription video on demand (SVOD) service called Tribeca Shortlist.  The new SVOD service promises to bring a curated list of around 150 titles to members with about 50 of those titles changing each month.  Tribeca Shortlist is offering all new users a free trial.  The video streaming service is offering unlimited access for $4.99/mo. through the end of the year and then $5.99/mo. starting in January, 2016.

Tribeca Shortlist

The idea between the new Lionsgate / Tribecca Shortlist SVOD service is to create handpicked lists of films from actors, directors, and others who are influential in the film industry.  The service is launching with shortlists from John Leguizamo, Morgan Spurlock, Jason Blum, and Lisa Donovan.  Those who spend way too much time trying to find the right movie on Netflix may like Shortlist.  The question is whether or not users will be happy with having access to 150 titles versus the thousands of titles available on Netflix and Hulu.

You can start by watching the video on the Tribecca Shortlist homepage to learn more about the service.  If you want a wide selection of movies and tv shows then Shortlist isn’t for you.  However, if you like the idea of having a handpicked list of movies then I suggest you give Tribeca Shortlist a try.  You can sign up for a free trial.  After that the service costs $4.99 a month through December and then $5.99 a month beginning in January.  When you compare that to renting movies the price is reasonable.  It’s just hard to compare it to paying $7.99 a month for access to over 7,000 Netflix titles.

Tribecca Shortlist has a few of their launch titles listed on the website including City of God, Amelie, Adventureland, Far From Men, Chasing Amy, and Fargo.  Device support is limited at the moment.  You can watch via a web browser on PC, Mac, or iPad.  They are working on apps and plan to release them in the months to come.  Their site is showing the following release dates for adding device support:

  • FireTV – November, 2015
  • Roku – December, 2015
  • iPhone – December 2015
  • Apple TV, Android – early 2016

The limited device support may be one of the reasons Lionsgate and Tribecca and launching at a lower price.  I plan to wait until they support Roku to try out Tribecca Shortlist.  If you give the service a try in the meantime please let me know what you think.

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