Just got an email from Voddler, the “Spotify for films”, that they will be closing down until March 8th. There are not too many users to be affected by this, but it’s a sign of some more interesting things to come:
Voddler was exposed to an attempted security breach. The Voddler Client, the media-player, was attacked and we take seriously to all offences towards Voddler, our members and the content. Therefore we have decided to close the service until the new website is launched.
The new Voddler will feature web-based movie-player, search tool and mouse control. With a completely web-based movie service Voddler is confident to be able to meet the ever-growing demand for a great selection of free and rentable movies in an accessible environment. The sparkling new Voddler service will not only satisfy the Swedish movie-viewers but the time has come to invite Norway, Denmark and Finland.
I got the invite couple of months ago, but haven’t really used the service except for testing. Even in the client form it was a promising service, way beyond any other VOD system in the Scandinavian countries: meaning it was actually possible to watch films with it! Actually, it was pleasant enought I can’t really complain. Most of the films were free with a couple of pre-roll ads before them. The selection wasn’t great and the new films were only available for rent, but all in all it was as nice as watching videos on a computer can be. I still prefer the sofa and tv, but that’s no fault of Voddler.
Now the coming Flash player should make things even more interesting. It will be interesting to see how tv channels react. My inner optimist is already thinking about the possibility of having a Scandinavian Hulu, but that’s probably too much to hope for. I’ll be happy if we get a VOD service that actually works.