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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Need to Read: 'Escape from Tomorrow' VOD numbers, Top Indies in iTunes and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire October 28, 2013 at 4:25PM

John Sloss has released the VOD numbers for "Escape From Tomorrow," and is calling on other distributors to release their VOD numbers.
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Escape From Tomorrow
"Escape From Tomorrow."

1. "Escape from Tomorrow" VOD Numbers: John Sloss has released the VOD numbers for "Escape From Tomorrow," and is calling on other distributors to release their VOD numbers. To support a broader level of transparency, Sloss' Cinetic Media announced today the company is introducing a new statistic in film reporting they have dubbed Multi-Screen Gross. The new metric will be posted every Monday on the website of Cinetic's sister company FilmBuff. Read the full story here.

2. Top Indies in iTunes: Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of Top 10 (Indie) Movies in iTunes (this list combines rentals and purchases). The big addition to the list this week is "Girl Most Likely," the Kristen Wiig comedy directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. "Stuck in Love," which topped the list last week, stays strong in the #2 spot. The doc "Living on One Dollar," on sale (to rent) for just 99 cents, landed in the #3 spot. See the full list here.

3. BitTorrent Takes on "SNL": The folks at BitTorrent aren't so happy about the opening Saturday Night Live skit that poked fun at the problems involving the launch the government's health care web site. In the skit, "SNL" star Kate McKinnon portrayed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and suggested ways consumers can get healthcare information while Healthcare.gov gets up to speed.  "How about BitTorrent, where you can download pirates copies of healthcare-related movies like Patch Adams?" asked McKinnon. BitTorrent responded with a blog post treating the skit as a teachable moment. "BitTorrent is of course, a protocol, not a website. It is a way for machines to talk to each other and the most efficient way to move large data sets," BitTorrent posted on their blog.

4. "Dexter" Goes Netflix: CBS has made a deal to bring "Dexter" to Netflix. All eight seasons of the Showtime serial killer drama, which recently came to a close, will be made available to U.S. members of the streaming service. On Halloween -- this Thursday, October 31st -- the first four seasons will be up to watch instantly, writes Alison Willmore. Read the full story.

5. Netflix to Theater Owners: Speaking of Netflix, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos delivered the keynote address at the 2013 Film Independent Forum this weekend in which he said that the current studio and theatrical releasing model of "antiquated windows" has led to movies "becoming these cold spectacles that have to be sold around the world in order to recoup these huge marketing and production budgets." He then accused theater owners of killing movies, which, is of course, ironic, since theater owners, could reasonably accuse Netflix of killing the movie going experience. "Theater owners stifle this kind of innovation at every turn. The reason why we may enter this space and try to release some big movies ourselves this way is because I'm concerned that as theater owners try to strangle innovation and distribution. Not only are they going to kill theaters -- they might kill movies," said Sarandos. Read the full story (and see a video of Sarandos' speech).

Got tech news for filmmakers and film fans? Send news and tips to paula@indiewire.com.

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