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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans!) Must Read: Top Indies in iTunes, Paramount Quits Film and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire January 20, 2014 at 11:40AM

A report on cord-cutting, digital distribution news, top indies in iTunes and more must-read tech stories for filmmakers and film fans.
Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here."
Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here."

1. Top Indies in iTunes: Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 (indie) movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. This week, "Enough Said" and "The Spectacular Now" top the list. Check out the full list here.

2. Paramount Goes Digital: Paramount Pictures will stop delivering major movies on 35-millimeter film, The Los Angeles Times reports. The studio will move over to digital distribution in the United States. We'll report more thoroughly on the issue of digital projection soon, but it's worth reading one independent theater owner's take on the issue now.

3. Crowdfunding Success at Sundance: Zach Braff's largely crowdfunded "Wish I Was Here," was among one of the first films to be acquired at the Sundance Film Festival.

4. Key to Kickstarter Success?: A recent study by Georgia Tech found that there are 100 key phrases used on Kickstarter which can predict a campaign's success. By studying past campaigns and analyzing their word usage, the team found that the language used in a Kickstarter reward seemed to make a significant difference. Phrases like "has pledged" and "project will be" are signs of future funding success, while phrases such as "not been able" and "trusting" were used in unfunded projects.

5. Cord Cutting Report: Watch out, HBO and Showtime. A new report from The NPD Group, finds that subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, and other pay TV channels have declined over the past two years, as Netflix and other subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services have gained in popularity. There is no clear cause and effect between the two trends, but NPD sees a clear correlation. Overall, the number of U.S. households subscribing to premium TV channels over the past two years has dipped 6% while households subscribing to SVOD increased 4 There was a 6 percentage point overall decline in U.S. households subscribing to premium TV channels over the past two years, while households subscribing to SVOD grew 4%.

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