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Lionsgate and Steam team up to offer over 100 films on Steam

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Pretty awesome news, Lionsgate and Steam are teaming up to offer over 100 of their titles like Hunger Games, Twilight and more.

QuoteSANTA MONICA, Calif. and BELLEVUE, Wash., April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Valve Corporation and Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, have formed a ground-breaking partnership under which Lionsgate has become one of the first major studios to license films to Valve's popular Steam digital distribution platform, the two companies announced today. The deal reflects Lionsgate's commitment to monetize its content across an expanding array of digital platforms by offering its movies, television programming and digital content to online audiences around the world.

The partnership will launch with over 100 Lionsgate feature films available to Steam customers, including movies from the Company's blockbuster Hunger Games, Twilight, Saw and Divergent franchises. More titles will be added as the partnership continues to expand worldwide.


Sadly I'm playing catch up here, as I can't seem to get in touch with anyone at Valve to get put on a press list. I was told once I was on it, but it never seemed to actually happen.

QuoteSteam customers are able to view video on all Steam-supported platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, SteamOS, and in virtual reality via SteamVR. Over the past year, Steam's video offering has continued to expand. Steam is a leading platform for digital content with thousands of titles and millions of users. For pricing, availability, and more, please visit http://store.steampowered.com/sale/lionsgate


I don't "rent" online films myself, so hopefully they will allow people to actually own their copies in future. One step at a time though eh, the film industry is one of the slowest to adopt to the online world. Still, the idea of being able to rent popular films directly on SteamOS—simply awesome.

Thanks SteamDB. It looks like the full press release is available here.

As of right now I am only seeing 11 titles in the UK, hopefully more to come soon. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Comandante Ñoñardo 25 April 2016 at 5:43 pm UTC
Finally a cinema company that understand that the future is here...
The only complain I have is the streaming thing... I prefer to download the movies, even if they have always online Steam DRM.
edo 25 April 2016 at 6:04 pm UTC
This is a nice feature for steamos
Xpander 25 April 2016 at 6:10 pm UTC
moviesonlinux.com

they should integrate netflix, hulu or whatnot into the bigpicture mode instead
stan 25 April 2016 at 6:27 pm UTC
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Like Comandante Ñoñardo I’d rather be able to download the movies because I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to watch them in good quality in streaming (Steam is already slow as shit for simple web pages, and HD videos also never work). But also I’d rather be able to watch them with my preferred video player in glorious 60 FPS. So DRM is out of the question.
Stupendous Man 25 April 2016 at 6:29 pm UTC
The only way I'm going to buy from them is if I get a DRM-free .mkv file. I want to own the stuff I buy, not rent it, and make as many personal backups as I wish.

I tolerate games that require Steam as their DRM, but not movies (or music).
ziabice 25 April 2016 at 6:47 pm UTC
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Publishers never learn from years and years of piracy: offer DRM free content, in mkv, at 1080p and 720p resolution and x264, x265 codec or an open one and you'll win the Internet. Be fair with your customers!
Stupendous Man 25 April 2016 at 7:00 pm UTC
ziabicePublishers never learn from years and years of piracy: offer DRM free content, in mkv, at 1080p and 720p resolution and x264, x265 codec or an open one and you'll win the Internet. Be fair with your customers!
Exactly! And yet, they blame piracy for their low (in their eyes) sales. The thing is, I can't get a legal functional copy of a movie anywhere: bluray can't run in Linux, or at least there is no guarantee that all discs can be read due to DRM. And I'm not about to watch movies through my browser (Amazon etc) when I have a superior media player in Kodi with Ambilight. So what options do I have? Yes, there are plugins for Amazon in Kodi, but they are unofficial and thus not guaranteed to work. Netflix only shows some movies in some countries and no longer allows VPN connections.
Am I supposed to just stick with DVD then? Install Windows (*shudder*)?

The game industry has learned to sell us what we want, how we want it, and I'd never think of pirating a game these days. Music is the same, I usually buy mp3s from Amazon, DRM free.

BTW I hope this discussion is okay, I don't want GoL to get in any trouble due to discussing piracy. Liam, feel free to remove this comment if it bothers you.
Swiftpaw 25 April 2016 at 7:14 pm UTC
Lol, "rent", that's hilarious. Then again the entire firewalling of ideas is an immoral and problematic one in numerous ways.
Gonza565 25 April 2016 at 7:15 pm UTC
Just imagine a world where there are massive steam sales on films, with loads of old / indie films dirt cheap.

I want this. But yeah my internet is terrible I can't stream ): . Still, a step in the right direction! I hope it does well. Also, I would rather 'rent' than buy, but that's just me, I like how you can do that on Itunes / Google thing.


Last edited by Gonza565 at 25 April 2016 at 7:24 pm UTC
MajGuano 25 April 2016 at 7:20 pm UTC
Oh goody, another DRM-encumbered video service! Just what I was hoping for! /sarcasm

I fail to see how this is "Pretty awsome news".

Furthermore, Steam's built-in music player is very, very bad just for dealing with a large library of local content, especially in BPM. Is there any reason to expect they would handle video better?

Also, this article seems a little off-topic for this site. It's GamingOnLinux, not SteamOnLinux. What does this news have to do with this site's core topic? You don't need to report every little thing Valve does. Wouldn't sticking to the stuff that actually relates directly to gaming and linux be a better use of your time and your readers' time? There are plenty of other sites we can go to for generic information. This site is unique in its focus. I hope you have the foresight to understand why it's important to keep it that way.
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