NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SnagFilms announced the official launch of their free on demand film viewing app in the Xbox LIVE marketplace. Film lovers can now download the app and sit back and watch acclaimed indie movies, from some of the greatest names in film — on demand, for free. The initial film library includes a curated selection of compelling documentaries and outstanding fictional films.
With the Xbox LIVE app launch, SnagFilms offers independent films available for free viewing in more places than any other distributor, including an offering of over 500 films available across iPad, iPhone, Android, Sony and Roku ecosystems.
"We were honored to be asked by Xbox to bring our library to their platform," says Rick Allen, CEO of SnagFilms. "Xbox continues to expand their users' entertainment choices, and we continue to bring great films to broader audiences -- where, how and when they want to watch."
The SnagFilms app offers recommendations to Xbox LIVE users from the company's editors while also providing the ability to browse by topics and create personalized queues. The app's user-friendly functions are anchored by its leverage of Kinect for Xbox 360, enabling navigation with hand motions or voice commands in addition to the Xbox controller.
Guided by a tech and content savvy board, SnagFilms has focused on the indie movie niche in part because of tech's unique role for independent filmmakers: while mass-media content could easily be available on all platforms, smaller creators need technology to circumvent the bottleneck presented by traditional distribution.
The SnagFilms app is now available to download for free on Xbox LIVE marketplace. A fresh selection of award-winning indie film titles are added every two weeks.
SnagFilms distributes 4,000 award-winning, fiction and non-fiction titles from some of the greatest names in film. SnagFilms' curated collection is viewed on its own site and a digital network of more than 110,000 affiliated sites and webpages worldwide, including partners such as Comcast's Xfinity, Hulu, the Starbucks Digital Network, IMDb, hundreds of non-profits, special interest sites and blogs — and via its applications for tablets, including Apple's iPad (AirPlay-enabled), Amazon's Kindle Fire, Blackberry Playbook and other Android-based tablets; Android smart phones; OTT platforms Roku, Boxee and Western Digital; connected TVs and Blu-ray players from Sony, Panasonic, LG and Vizio, and soon to launch on connected TVs and Blu-ray players from Samsung. SnagFilms' titles have been featured on more than 3.5 billion pageviews across its network.