Several major Hollywood studios scored a court victory over a streaming service that gives users the ability to filter TV shows for language, nudity and violence.
The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., reports that Warner Bros, Disney and 20th Century Fox succeeded in convincing a federal judge in California to issue a preliminary injunction against VIdAngel.
“The order from U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. came late Monday and represents a huge setback for an upstart tech service that has rallied many in the social conservative community and raised about $10 million for its legal costs from thousands of investors,” THR reports.
“VidAngel has touted itself as being a family-friendly streamer that gives users the ability to filter language, nudity and violence from films and television shows,” the report adds. “But its business model — selling new movies to customers for $20, buying them back for $19 — caught the attention and wrath of big studios who asserted that VidAngel was operating as an ‘unlicensed VOD streaming service.’ Worse, because some of its films, like ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ weren’t yet on Netflix, the studios feared VidAngel could undercut its windowing system.”