ClearPlay CEO opens up about Sony's 'clean' releases, VidAngel's new service
Posted June 20
ClearPlay CEO Matt Jarman has taken notice of all the recent clean filtering news, and he’s quite happy with it.
Jarman, whose company recently launched a new tool that helps filter Amazon films and TV shows, said he’s excited to see other companies take a stand in support of filtering.
One such example is Sony, which announced earlier this month that it would release “clean” versions of its films. Sony’s decision was met some criticisms from directors.
Now, Sony plans not to release edited movies if directors disapprove, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
But Jarman supports Sony’s method of filtering.
“We applaud them for providing this option,” Jarman said.
Jarman also took notice of VidAngel’s new service as well, which allows users to filter content on Netflix, Amazon and HBO (through an Amazon Prime membership).
VidAngel’s service, which is available now on the company’s website, asks subscribers to log into their accounts beforehand. Through the VidAngel service (which costs $7.99 per month with the first 30 days free), subscribers will have a chance to watch filtered content.
Four Hollywood studios previously sued VidAngel over copyright laws, since the company would edit and filter without owning the rights to those products.
Jarman said the service shouldn’t be a problem if they’re not violating copyright law.
“If VidAngel’s new service continues to violate any aspect of copyright law then they will probably continue to have legal issues,” he said.
Jarman, who previously said he doesn’t want his company associated with the VidAngel lawsuit, told the Deseret News that he supports the idea of filtering.
But he doesn’t endorse VidAngel’s service yet. Netflix also announced this week that it has not endorsed VidAngel’s new service.
“I definitely endorse filtering!” he said. “I couldn't endorse their first method of distributing content, and I can't endorse the second method without understanding more legal details of what they are doing.”
Still, Jarman said there’s a much-needed place for filtering in American culture.
“Culturally, it puts parents front and center in managing what content enters our homes,” he said in an email to the Deseret News. “For my wife and I, as parents of a large family we are constantly trying to improve our parenting in this digital world.”