UK hopes to cut piracy by making it easier to find movies

The UK Film Council launches a search engine to help people find legal copies of movies as a way to curb piracy.

The UK Film Council has launched a search engine FindAnyFilm.com so that film buffs will be able to find when, where and how more than 30,000 movies are available, including on the Internet.

The government-funded council hopes the search engine will provide legal alternatives to film piracy.

The film industry insists that downloading pirated movies is illegal, but it hasn't really offered a good, easy-to-use alternative for those who want to find legal ways to obtain movies, according to Rachel Grant, a spokeswoman at the UK Film Council.

The search engine returns hits for cinema, TV, DVD and Blu-ray sale or rental, as well as download and streaming availability. It is based on Google Search Appliance technology and aggregates data in XML (Extensible Markup Language) feed format from a number of different providers that cover over 1,200 movie sources, according to Grant.

Online availability is limited. Currently, 9.3 percent of the titles are available for download and only 2.4 percent can be streamed, compared to 68.2 percent on DVD or Blu-ray, according to statistics from the U.K. Film Council.

"The Dark Knight," "Mamma Mia!" and "Casablanca" are the top three downloadable movies, according to the site.

When users enter a title into FindAnyFilm.com it will return all the formats that the film is available in, broken down by proximity, price and popularity.

Users can then go directly to the cinema or retailer Web site where they can book a seat at their nearest cinema or buy the film, using the cheapest or preferred retailer, according to the U.K. Film Council.

The site also has an "alert me" feature, which lets users know as soon as their chosen film, no matter how obscure, becomes available in their chosen format.

But the feature will also be used by the council to alert distributors to the fact that consumers want to be able to, for example, download one of their films, Grant said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags movie piracypiracy

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?