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    AMAZON CRACKS DOWN WITH PRIME CONTENT RESTRICTIONS



    I think it is a safe bet at this point that everyone is familiar with Amazon and their service known as Amazon Prime. Among other things, Amazon Prime provides a good many of their digital videos available to stream for free as much as you want. Well, until now anyway. News started breaking yesterday that many indie horror filmmakers were having their videos removed from the Prime service in an apparent new policy on the part of Amazon seeing the corporate giant cracking down on more extreme content.


    This is the letter Scott Schirmer received in regards to his film Harvest Lake

    http://www.theblood-shed.com/harvest...-in-the-woods/




    Hello,

    Amazon Video Direct periodically revises our content policy in order to improve the Amazon Video customer experience. Effective March 1, 2017, Amazon Video Direct will no longer allow titles containing persistent or graphic sexual or violent acts, gratuitous nudity and/or erotic themes (‘adult content’) to be offered as ‘Included with Prime’ or ‘Free with Pre-Roll Ad’.

    We have identified the following titles within your catalog which contain adult content:

    Harvest Lake

    In alignment with our new policy, the ‘Included with Prime’ and/or ‘Free with Pre-Roll Ad’ offers will be removed from these titles on March 1, 2017.

    For any title to remain available to customers with an ‘Included with Prime’ or ‘Free with Pre-Roll Ad’ offer, its content including cover images, metadata, and/or video content must be free of persistent or graphic sexual or violent acts, gratuitous nudity and/or erotic themes.

    For more information, please see our Content Policy Guidelines: https://videodirect.amazon.com/home/...icId=201986500

    If you have any questions regarding this policy revision and related action, please feel free to contact us.

    Thanks for using Amazon Video Direct.

    Best regards,

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    In other words, most horror films in general. At time of posting, this writer is aware of not only Scott’s film being targeted, but also the works of Dustin Mills, Drew Bolduc, and several more. Note that these are videos which Amazon previously approved and are now doing a 180 on due to a new policy which seems to be aimed at making Prime more tame. It is, however, worth mentioning that videos removed from Prime due to this new policy are, at least for now, still available for rent and digital purchase through Amazon’s standard digital video platform



    The full impact of this policy is yet to be seen, but early evidence points to the loss of a valuable tool for indie horror filmmakers who would now have to censor themselves in order to have this distribution option available to them.



    We at TheBlood-Shed would like to make clear that our indie horror PPV service IBleedIndie.com will never be censored for content (plus we offer a better percentage to filmmakers than Amazon, so there’s that). And with almost 200 films already and plans in the works for a Roku channel, mobile app, and eventual subscription option, we hope to eventually assist the indie horror genre by replacing the loss of Prime.

    http://ibleedindie.com/


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    http://www.theblood-shed.com/amazon-...-restrictions/

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    I use this ALOT to stream indie/underground films. This is gonna blow big cock. Fuck.

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    That's interesting I noticed amazon would tend to carry a lot of no-budget indie films, which surprised me, especially when it came to the more "extreme" ones. I guess it was only a matter of time

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    This is not surprising in the least. I subscribed to Netflix pretty much when it launched back in 1997. They had all sorts of shit on there including the ever popular Girls Gone Wild and even softcore porn. They did away with it once the service really caught on. Only services dedicated solely for this sort of content will keep it available.

    As FrighT said, it was only a matter of time.

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    Well that's pretty shitty. I use amazon prime pretty often.

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