Today Alki David, CEO of FilmOn Networks, announced the acquisition of the huge archive CineBX. Citing the 30 million monthly users of FilmOn’s services desire for even more quality content, he has purchased the world’s largest private movie and television archive, amounting to some 10,000 films and 10,000 hours of historic (and until now, unpreserved) television footage.

“In addition to our ongoing licensing of content, the CineBX acquisition is the first step in our 2014 push to add entire libraries to FilmOn’s free VOD service as well as expanding other distribution channels and technologies,” David said in a press release.

The CineBX library includes some undisputed classics and rarities. There are seven lost films by John Cassavetes, along with rare features and short by Robert Altman and Stanley Kubrick, and even uncut versions of Orson Welles‘ films. Alongside those, there are features by Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman and more. Particular highlights include Hitchcock’s The LodgerBuster Keaton‘s The General, Fellini’s The Clowns and the Humphrey Bogart vehicle Beat the Devil. 

Television is well represented too, with shows from Ed Sullivan and Milton Berle and talk shows with Steve Allen and Jack Paar. That’s alongside a variety of classic soap operas, gameshows, and, perhaps best of all, Hannah Barbera cartoons.

The acquisition also includes a massive collection of Olympic sports documentaries, and music documentaries covering artists such as Ray CharlesElvis PresleyElla Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. ”We have music historians going through our vaults cataloging this great collection of original recordings from the Sixties and Seventies,” David said. “And the historic music and sports libraries are also part of FilmOn’s transformative push into live events with its new hologram business.”

Much has been made in the press of the similarities between part of FilmOn’s services and the service offered by Aereo, which faces the Supreme Court on April 22nd. The CineBX acquisition underlines the fact that antenna farm connections to major network content amount to less than 3% of FilmOn’s business and that the 600 streaming licensed channels and 50,000 VoDs are more important to consumers and the company’s future.

This new content joins FilmOn’s existing content, bringing them to 600 streaming channels and over 90, 000 VoDs. Some of the new acquisitions are already available, with films streaming on FilmOn’s Living History Channel, Chillings, ShockMasters and TV GOLD, with 700 releases added to the VoD service.

Take a look at some of the new offerings on FilmOn’s website.

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