Synapse Films Joins Forces with VHX.TV for New Streaming Service


I’m still one of those people who absolutely loves physical media. If I’m able to snag a flick on Blu-ray or DVD, then that’s where my money’s going. However, more and more people are choosing to bid farewell to these formats in favor of digital releases. After all, you can play these films on multiple devices and they take up a lot less space than shelves and shelves of colorful cases.

Synapse Films, a company that continues to devour a large portion of my disposable income on a fairly regular basis, recently joined forces with the folks at VHX.TV to bring a selection of their films to those who prefer digital media. Although the number of titles available as of this writing is admittedly small, expect more exceptionally cool Synapse movies to pop up down the road.

From the Press Release:
Michigan-based Synapse Films, one of the most acclaimed and longest-lasting independent DVD and Blu-ray labels in the home video industry, is pleased to announce their new association with the innovative NYC-based streaming service VHX.TV, to now bring a selection of some of Synapse’s most popular films to the service for both streaming and download.

“While looking for a reliable platform to showcase some of our titles for video on demand, we discovered VHX.TV. Our friends at Drafthouse Films were using the service to showcase their films online, and we felt VHX.TV was the right way to go,” says Synapse Films President Don May, Jr. VHX’s popular and audience-friendly service allows fans multiple viewing options to watch their favorite Synapse releases. “What’s cool about VHX.TV is that it allows customers to not only rent films if they want to have a look at something before they buy, but it also allows people to create their own ‘library’ of films within the VHX.TV service. They allow access to films pretty much anywhere, via the Roku box app, Google Chromecast, iPhone and via the web. We at Synapse found that very exciting and wanted to explore this.” VHX.TV CEO Jamie Wilkinson adds, “We’re excited to partner with Synapse Films to power their digital library, directly from their website. Synapse has such a great community already, so it’s the perfect opportunity for them to build a direct connection with a very passionate audience worldwide.”

Though Synapse has the reputation as one of the best indie DVD/Blu-ray labels in the business, they insist that their new association with VHX.TV is simply an opportunity for their fan base to expand their viewing options. “We are big fans of physical media, but we understand there is a growing market for folks who like to keep things in the ‘cloud.’” says May, “While we’ll continue to offer up our films on Blu-ray and DVD physical media formats, VHX.TV lets us offer a selection of our films to those who are exploring other options.” Synapse’s current VHX.TV lineup includes some of their most popular titles, including Lamberto Bava’s DEMONS films; RED SCORPION, starring Dolph Lundgren; the legendary “Worst Film Ever Made”, MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE; and the 90s fan-favorite MOSQUITO. Synapse Films is also expanding their online presence by placing some of their catalog on the streaming services Hulu, Vudu, Xbox Video, Playstation Network and the new horror-themed service, Shudder.

In addition, Synapse will be releasing several independently produced genre films that will be made available via streaming only, starting with VHX.TV. According to Synapse Films co-founder Jerry Chandler, “Our VHX channel provides us the ability to highlight new, up-and-coming genre filmmakers, and share their visions with the viewing public. Indie films have always been very important to us at Synapse, and we look forward to sharing many exciting new films to the fan base.” May promises more Synapse favorites will make their way to VHX.TV in the months to come. “We will continue to offer up films on VHX.TV as we can. We are launching with a handful of the Synapse Films catalog right now, and will expand the film selection over time.”

Curious to take a peek at what Synapse Films is offering online? Swing by the Synapse VHX channel and dig through their content. Chances are you’ll walk away with something cool.

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