1. IMAX: Variety reports that Imax is launching a $50 million fund to develop documentaries. “This is an opportunity to reset the tone of these movies — to make them a little edgier and hipper,” Greg Foster, chairman and president of Imax Entertainment, told Variety. “We need to make movies that are a little bit more reflective of third graders today as opposed to third graders 25 years ago, and that’s what these movies are about.”
2. Vimeo Protects Copyrights: Vimeo is now scanning content to prevent copyright infringement. “We want people to be able to express themselves in the ways they see fit, but we also want to respect the boundaries of copyright law and the rights of other creators,” wrote Darnell Witt, Vimeo’s director of support and community, wrote in a blog post about the new program. Like YouTube’s Content ID system, Vimeo’s Copyright Match feature allows copyright owners to flag potentially infringing content for removal.
3. Facebook: Facebook has introduced a new way to share music, TV and music, the company announced in a blog post. “When writing a status update – if you choose to turn the feature on – you’ll have the option to use your phone’s microphone to identify what song is playing or what show or movie is on TV. That means if you want to share that you’re listening to your favorite Beyoncé track or watching the season premiere of Game of Thrones, you can do it quickly and easily, without typing.”
4. HBO on Amazon: Thanks to a previously announced multi-year deal, beginning today Amazon Prime subscribers can now watch select HBO shows, including “The Sopranos,” “True Blood” and “Enlightened.” Sadly, no “Game of Thrones” or “Girls.”
5. Netflix Goes Europe: Netflix plans to expand to Europe. The company announced today that it plans to expand its European offerings to six more countries, including Germany, Switzerland and France. But there will be some built-in limitations. In France, for instance, Netflix won’t be able to offer its hit series “House of Cards” because the pay-television giant Canal Plus already has the French rights to the series.