PreScreen Shuttering Its Doors?

Today I received this email from the folks over at prescreen. For those who don’t know prescreen is an online distribution platform for indie film and the sponsor of Jon Reiss’ latest book. They use a slightly different model from other online video platforms. You can read more about it here. I won’t lie this took me by surprise because I just spoke to the founder at SXSW back in March.

In the meantime, any of you using prescreen now, what do you think?

Prescreen Notice of Change of Service

Please be advised that on Thursday, May 31, 2012, Prescreen will be suspending our initial beta test until further notice. We very much appreciate your interest in our service and hope that you enjoyed your experience with Prescreen.

In early 2011, we started Prescreen because we believed the future of film discovery and distribution is digital. Last September, we launched the beta version of our site to test this premise. In just 8 months, we proved that this is likely to be the case. In total, Prescreen featured 168 films, rented more than 10,000 movies, and saw more than 115,000 subscribers opt in to receive Prescreen movies. That said, we’re perfectionists and we still don’t believe we’ve seized the opportunity. For now, we’re going back to the drawing board. When we come out on the other side, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Team Prescreen thanks you for your support from the bottom of our digital hearts :)

Team Prescreen