1. Why Net Neutrality Matters to Indie Filmmakers: In theory, having just a handful of content distributors equipped with the fastest connections could be okay for independent filmmakers, but monopolization and market share have already constricted the free flow of movies, and that would only get worse. The struggle of independent distributors and platforms is intimately connected with the fate of independent filmmakers because outlets like Netflix and iTunes (which may also reach a deal with Comcast), as well as the cable companies’ own VOD offerings, are so tightly curated. This, even before the courts struck down the FCC's Net Neutrality principles in January. Read more at The Wrap.
2. Millennials Leaving Televisions Behind: In case you haven’t noticed, more and more young people are watching their TV shows and movies on anything other than a television, opting for laptops, smartphones, tablets, and games consoles for viewing. That’s according to a new Deloitte study that says about 56 percent of 14 to 24 year olds, or “trailing millennials” as the researchers call it, prefer mobile devices and computers for viewing. Read more at Paste.
3. Piracy of Oscar-Winning Films Pops Post-Show: If there is a bright side to piracy, it’s a useful tool for gauging consumer appetite — which might hearten the studios hoping the Academy Awards provide a bump to films as they make their way to home video. The big night dove sizable spikes in worldwide file-sharing to four of the 9 best picture nominees, as tracked by content protection firm CEG Tek Intl. across the final months of awards season. But it’s noteworthy that films which won Oscars extended those spikes. Read more at Variety.
4. Messing With Your Perception: A cool report from Techcrunch: If you have $350, a bit of coding knowledge, and a crazy idea , you can build it. A decade ago, even tinkering with VR meant dropping tens of thousands of dollars on a crappy, underpowered headset before you could even get started.
5. Movie-Dubbing App Helps Families With Language Barriers: Sister-brother team Olenka and Adam Polak have created a movie dubbing app, MyLINGO, which will allow moviegoers in any part of the world to go to the theater and understand the movie by playing their selected language track. Reports Fast Company's CoCreate: MyLINGO officially launches March 28, and the first film it launches with is Pantelion Films’ Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna and starring Michael Pena, America Ferrara, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich.