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Sat, Oct 16, 2021 6:06 PM

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Policy Quesiton: what's the IMDb guidance on VOD releases (via Hulu, Netflix, Rakuten TV, Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes/Apple TV+ etc.)

Quesiton: what's the IMDb guidance on VOD releases (via Hulu, Netflix, Rakuten TV, Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes/Apple TV+ etc.)?

I searched for an answer to this quesiton on IMDb Help Centre https://help.imdb.com/ , but was not able to find anything there on this topic.

Can IMDb staff clearly state what IMDb contributors are supposed to put for ALL VOD releases (via Hulu, Netflix, Rakuten TV, Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes/Apple TV+ etc.)?:

  • Are we supposed to put one of the many synonyms of video on demand releases?
    • Are we supposed to put "internet" for all such submissions?
    • Are we supposed to put "VOD" or "video on demand" for all such submissions?
    • Are we supposed to put "sreaming release" for all such submissions?
    • Are we supposed to put "OTT release" for all such submissions?
  • Are we supposed to put the name of the VOD-service that released the film/tv-series etc? What if it wasn't an "exclusive" and the film got released simultaneusly on multiple VOD-services at the same time (i.e., simultaneous release on Rakuten TV, Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes/Apple TV+ etc.)? Do we list all of them on IMDb "Release info" page?
    • For cases where the VOD release was an "exclusive", are we supposed to put the name of that VOD-serivce (i.e., "Netflix" etc.) for all such submissions?
    • For cases where the VOD release was an not an"exclusive", are we supposed to put the name of all VOD-serivces where it got released (i.e., Rakuten TV, Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes/Apple TV+ etc.) for all such submissions?

I see inconsistency in how IMDb contributors currently submit it. Case in point  De slag om de Schelde (2020) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10521092/ . When you look at its "Release info" you see that this is an "exclusive" release for Netlifx in the U.S. (i.e., it cannot be found on other VOD-serivces), however it is still listed twice for the USA: once as "internet" and once as "Netflix" (see the snippet below):

Morover, when I tried changing "Netflix" to something more generic  like "video on demand") (since it makes no sense to list it twice in "Release info": once as "internet" and once as "Netflix") ( got an error message:

I think all of us IMDb contributors would benefit from IMDb staff providing an official clarification on this in this thread (especially since theatrical releases are likely going to die out completely within a few months due to COVID-19 and the de-facto bankruptcy of most theater chains).

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7 m ago

Note that the yellow box about the pandemic also says to use  "internet" as attribute.

But in addition to replying here or having notes in the update form, guidance on online releases should be added to the main release date guidelines, which has been suggested before but never done.

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7 m ago

That "video on demand" attribute is best suited for content whose unicasted/multicasted/broadcasted feeds can only be decoded through proprietary devices, or likewise streamed. Whereas, content that can be streamed in a standardized Web browser, whether open source or closed source, could be described just fine with the "internet" attribute. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are examples of services that are Web-accessible. Roku is the only one of these kinds of things that I know to be limited to accessibility from smart television sets and set top boxes. Yet they are all internet driven, and probably Web (HTTP) driven at that. I mention that as I take into account that that ol' thing known as Pay-per-View probably worked quite differently from contemporary on-demand systems, kind of like the difference between circuit switching and packing switching.