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5 Daily Tech Stories for Filmmakers (and Film Fans): Digital Drive-Ins, Emmys and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire September 23, 2013 at 10:59AM

From Emmy reactions on Twitter to Honda's Drive-In project, we've got tech news for filmmakers (and film fans).
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Kevin Spacey in 'House of Cards'
Kevin Spacey in 'House of Cards'

1. Emmys: Netflix's "House of Cards" lost out to "Breaking Bad" for best drama series, but "Breaking Bad" showrunner Vince Gilligan credits Netflix with the series' success. “I think Netflix kept us on the air. Not only are we standing up here (with the Emmy), I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season two. … It’s a new era in television, and we’ve been very fortunate to reap the benefits," Gilligan told reporters after the series won its first Emmy. Of course, Netflix was also celebrating the fact that David Fincher won an Emmy for outstanding directing for "House of Cards."

2. Digital Drive-Ins: Honda's Project Drive-In has saved yet another drive-in by helping to fund the switch from 35 mm projection to digital projection. Honda has helped rescue 9 theaters across the country in total, but fundraising efforts continue. It's not often that a company gets the opportunity to help preserve an American pastime. It has been an honor and a privilege to bring national and local attention to the fate of drive-ins and to meet the passionate owners of these small businesses," said Alicia Jones, manager of Honda & Acura social marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in a statement. "We hope that the #SaveTheDriveIn movement continues in the effort to help keep more drive-ins open for the next generation." Find out more about the project here. And watch a video of a drive-in owner reacting to the good news below:

3. Film Movement: Film Movement, the distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, will launch a Roku channel featuring the company's catalog of movies, the company announced today. The ad-supported channel will be free to access and new films will be added every other week. Film Movement’s expanded distribution marks the beginning of a strategic partnership with adRise, the content distribution and advertising monetization engine for streaming connected TV devices. At launch, Film Movement on Roku will feature nearly 50 titles.

4. YouTube Mobile: You'll soon be able to watch YouTube videos offline. "We're always exploring ways to bring more viewers to your content. As part of this effort, later this year we'll launch a new feature on YouTube's mobile apps that will help you reach fans -- even when they’re not connected to the Internet," the company recently announced on its Creators blog. "This upcoming feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable."

5. More Emmys: The Twitterverse has spoken about last night's Emmys. According to Twitchy, viewers were upset about the lack of diversity among winners, with some crying racism over Kerry Washington's loss. Viewers were also turned off by all of the skinny arms and by Shemar Moore's awkward appearances. Everyone seemed to agree that there were too many song and dance numbers. What did you think about the interpretive meth dance for "Breaking Bad?"

Got tech news for filmmakers? Send tips or news to paula@indiewire.com.

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