AOL has signed a deal with Miramax which will allow it to stream some of its full-length films to users in the U.S. These movies will be free to watch through a new “Movies” section that will go live across the AOL On Network for video. Until now this only featured shortform series and clips. There’s just one catch. This service will be ad-supported so users will have to bear advertisements that will be played at intervals during streaming.
Ran Harnevo, president of AOL Video, has said that AOL will offer “tens of films” from Miramax’s library. Titles will rotate on a monthly basis. Miramax’s library contains hits such as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Trainspotting, Cinema Paradiso and more. AOL hasn’t confirmed the initial titles with which this service is going to be launched.
Miramax hasn’t signed an exclusive deal with AOL so users will still be able to stream its movies through a variety of other services that offer Miramax films, such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. However AOL is currently in talks with other movie studios as well in order to bring their titles over to the Movies section as well. The section’s user interface will have a unique design for discovering and watching movies, which will be different from the way AOL’s other video content is presented.