One of the attractions of streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime is their breadth of content. There are thousands of choices available with more coming every day. But the past several years has also brought the introduction of services that focus on careful curation and that's certainly case with MUBI.
MUBI is an online streaming service whose content approach is almost the polar opposite of Netflix. Instead of offering subscribers thousands of choices, MUBI offers one independent, foreign or cult classic a day. Each film is available for thirty days before it expires, so subscribers always have thirty films at a time to choose from for a cost of $4.95 per month.
MUBI is available on the web, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Samsung Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and other internet-connected devices. It also just announced that it is adding Chromcast support. Each of the 43 individual country versions of MUBI has a localised film library with original language and local subtitles. And unlike larger streaming media services, MOBI subscribers have the ability to download the videos for offline viewing.
While the service isn't yet well-known, it will be raising its profile in 2015. The London-based company just announced it has closed a $15 million funding round, just months after raising $5.1 million in a previous round. While nearly all of the investors are individuals, its notable that some of the "individuals" in the most recent round include Eric Fellner, Producer and Co-Chairman of Working Title Films; Pascal Cagni, a board member of media giant Vivendi and Jörg Mohaupt, a board member of the Warner Music Group.