Valve, Lionsgate partner to offer more than 100 films through Steam

Hungry for more media content? Hunger Games and more Lionsgate movies are coming to Steam. 

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If you fall in the camp of Steam users who want more than just video games through Valve's digital distribution platforms, or if you think Steam's storefront could stand to be even more crowded, you'll be happy to learn that Valve and Lionsgate have formed a partnership that will see the film studio license over 100 films to Steam.

"We're delighted to partner with Steam, a leader in the digital entertainment and gaming space, as part of our commitment to remain at the cutting edge of innovation in delivering content to online audiences around the world," said Lionsgate president of worldwide television & digital distribution Jim Packer in an announcement made earlier this morning (per Variety).

The Hunger Games tetralogy, headlined by Jennifer Lawrence, leads the pack of licensed movies. Others include the Divergent and Saw franchises, and the Twilight series.

On paper, Lionsgate and Valve seem like obvious partners. Over 125 million consumers use Steam, and Lionsgate, which releases approximately 15 films per year, is always looking to spread across popular platforms.

Valve's head of marketing, Doug Lombardi, expressed enthusiasm at the announcement—and indicated that the company's partnership with Lionsgate is only one example of how Steam will be broadening its content lineup. "Their films are engaging audiences and fostering rich communities around the world, reflecting the kind of high-quality entertainment that we expect to drive the continued expansion of our content offering."

The announcement leaves unanswered questions in its wake. For instance, will Steam users be able to watch movies bought through Steam on tablets and smartphones? As of now, Valve's Steam app is a glorified storefront and friends' list. More functionality will need to be added if the app is to be good for more than drooling over sales.

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    April 25, 2016 1:30 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Valve, Lionsgate partner to offer more than 100 films through Steam

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      April 25, 2016 1:38 PM

      HL3 movie confirmed

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        April 25, 2016 1:40 PM

        Valve doesn't make games anymore confirmed.

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          April 25, 2016 9:19 PM

          What do Valve make now? Money...they make money..

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      April 25, 2016 1:39 PM

      can you also rent movies or do you have to buy them?

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        April 25, 2016 1:49 PM

        Not confirmed. The announcement was pretty bare bones.

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        April 25, 2016 3:02 PM

        Actually, my view shows rent is the only option. Can't buy. That's rather odd, but probably more realistic. Can't see myself buying on a limited platform. But, offering rentals as way to extend the Big Picture concept makes sense. On paper at least.

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      April 25, 2016 1:40 PM

      I hope every single one of the movies is an action film from the late 80s and early 90s.

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      April 25, 2016 1:51 PM

      I suppose it's harmless for them to do this, but has anyone ever said "man I wish I could watch movies through Steam..." ?

      As long as it's not some Bink executable I guess it could work.

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        April 25, 2016 1:52 PM

        Those 20 people running a pure SteamOS machine hooked into their TVs with no other device capable or streaming might have.

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          April 25, 2016 2:16 PM

          I sincerely doubt many of those people exist.

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            April 25, 2016 2:17 PM

            I originally wrote 6, but I thought I would estimate upwards.

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        April 25, 2016 2:05 PM

        yeah I mean, there are so many better options for me to stream movies so.....

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        April 25, 2016 8:59 PM

        More studios releasing, along with the release of the Steam Link SDK might be appealing, but honestly, anyone with that setup probably has half a dozen alternate streaming options.

        Maybe we'll see Steam sales on movies or something.

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        April 25, 2016 10:07 PM

        Gerning ready VR Cinemas

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        April 26, 2016 7:18 AM

        If they get a good catalogue and competitive prices there is a chance for some business.

        Remember that beyond choice of film technology is incredibly important to film rental, if they nail the simple experience of delivering high quality content without lag is be tempted

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      April 25, 2016 1:58 PM

      Wonder if Lionsgate has plans for interactive movies along the lines of the project Ken Levine recently announced he's working on.

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      April 25, 2016 2:04 PM

      Wait, so Hunger Games is on Steam if you're in the US? The selection available here is pretty shit. 11 movies total, with highlights including Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland, Return of the Living Dead 3 and Leprechaun 1-4.

      http://chattypics.com/files/lionsgateshitPNG_ippnk0cxiz.png

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        April 25, 2016 2:15 PM

        I'm seeing Hunger Games, Sicario, Dredd, Cabin in the Woods, Kill Bills, Escape From New York, Cranks, Requiem for a Dream

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          April 25, 2016 2:22 PM

          Also, each movie has their own community hub like any game. lol

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          April 25, 2016 11:33 PM

          Fuuuuuuuu...!

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        April 26, 2016 1:31 AM

        TIL they made 3 more Leprechauns.

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          April 26, 2016 5:25 AM

          I believe they made 2 more in addition to those. I think they were In The Hood and In the Hood 2

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            April 26, 2016 6:17 AM

            They also made Leprechaun: Origins because we were all begging to know where that Leprechaun came from.

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      April 25, 2016 2:08 PM

      Will I be able to return the movie for a full refund after about 2 hours if I don't like it?

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      April 25, 2016 2:09 PM

      if you could download/stream at bluray bitrates I wouldn't mind buying movies through steam. I like blurays but don't always want to deal with physical media

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        April 25, 2016 2:56 PM

        Totally agree with you. I don't want to give up my higher quality image/sound of physical media, but I'm done with dealing with discs. I think TFA is probably going to be the very last disc I buy/bought. Deadpool is on digital tomorrow and I've just about convinced myself it'll just be easier to go that way. The main drawback is that digital SUCKS for extra content. Which is stupid considering space isn't an issue, just the UI. But, in the end, I just want the movie. LOTR is like the only exception where the extras were really interesting. Though, I'd had my fill when Hobbit rolled around, or maybe I just didn't care as much because the movie was lacking.

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          April 25, 2016 3:21 PM

          I'm still resorting to buying the disc and then ripping a full quality copy to Plex.

          To bad UHD Bluray totally messed that up and now I'm back to actually inserting discs for those movies. Oh the humanity.

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      April 25, 2016 2:16 PM

      Fuck Lionsgate. They strip lossless audio out of their rental discs. I mean I can understand stripping the extras and the bloopers out but the fucking lossless audio? I just want to watch the movie and hear the sound the way it was meant to be heard!

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        April 25, 2016 3:24 PM

        If your interested check out http://www.store-3d-blurayrental.com/ They rent out the retail discs. It originally started as a 3D bluray mail service since no one offered those. I use them for regular bluray and UHD Blurays. It's pricier than Netflix and the service seems a bit low budget, but they have been great since I started using them.

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      April 25, 2016 3:03 PM

      They're missing a movie in the Hunger Games series. They have the first, second and fourth, but left out the third. For what reasons, I can only speculate.

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        April 26, 2016 7:19 AM

        ITunes didn't have the last LOTR extended edition for quite a while in the UK. Only 1 & 2.

        Dumb licencing may be the problem

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      April 25, 2016 3:16 PM

      Seems very pointless in 2016 with the market already saturated.

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      April 25, 2016 3:27 PM

      This seems unneeded. Kind of like them offering productivity software.

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      April 25, 2016 5:00 PM

      Why bother with this?

      Roku, Amazon, Apple, and others already do it and do it a lot better.

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        April 25, 2016 7:54 PM

        Everyone keeps asking why, but seems to forget that one of the criticisms of the Steam link is that it doesn't do anything else and takes up an HDMI port on a TV.

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          April 25, 2016 8:45 PM

          And this move does nothing to refute that claim.

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          April 25, 2016 8:56 PM

          So they should work to get Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Hulu, etc to make Steam Apps for those services.

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            April 25, 2016 9:00 PM

            And bizarrely, that's the intent with the upcoming SteamLink SDK. Seems kinda like they're shooting themselves in the foot here.

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          April 26, 2016 6:54 AM

          People are complaining that a box intended for your TV takes up an HDMI port? Are these the same people who buy Monster cables?

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            April 26, 2016 7:27 AM

            I've seen a lot of complaints about the Steam Link with particular regards to Wifi performance, but I don't recall a big stink being made about its sole purpose as a game streaming device. People should know what it is before they bought it.

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        April 26, 2016 7:02 AM

        Fuck competition, let's just go back to a Yahoo internet

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      April 25, 2016 9:41 PM

      Cool I guess?

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      April 25, 2016 9:53 PM

      weird.

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      April 25, 2016 9:55 PM

      Bad news guys, all 100 movies will be the Ghostbusters reboot.

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        April 25, 2016 11:58 PM

        That would make it a #1 movie which is less likely than surviving a total protonic reversal.

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      April 26, 2016 12:04 AM

      This would be more intriguing if non-game support in Steam was any good whatsoever

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      April 26, 2016 12:16 AM

      I just want to play HL3.

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      April 26, 2016 12:43 AM

      Dammit, why couldn't it have been United Artists? Yet another format I won't have Hackers on.