Giving Netflix a run for its money, the service will stream movies directly to Irish homes
Element Pictures last night launched Volta, a new Irish video on demand service featuring the best of Irish and international independent films. Volta was officially launched by Jimmy Deenihan T.D, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Minister was joined at the event by Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures and guests including representatives from the Irish Film Board and the Irish film industry.
Film fans at Movie Fest were amongst the first Irish audiences to trial the service last September, the service allows users to rent titles from €3.99 and to purchase from €6.99. There are no subscription fees and users can stream or download films in full. It is currently the only Irish VOD platform showing The Guard and other Irish highlights include The Secret of Kells, Garage and As If I’m Not There with more added weekly. Recent Irish films including Sensation and Parked will join the catalogue soon, alongside classic Irish films like The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Volta also plans to partner with RTÉ to acquire premium RTÉ produced drama that will feature on the service in the future.