AeroCinema Eyes OTT Launch

AeroCinema, a budding subscription VOD service focused on aviation history and set for a March 2016 debut, said it has acquired the rights to the film archive of the Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation.

AeroCinema said the agreement will give it access to hundreds of hours of rarely seen film from early days of aviation. Under the deal, AeroCinema will preserve, and transfer the film archives in their facility and offer that content to AeroCinema subscribers. Copies of the transfers will be also be donated to the University of Texas, Dallas and the San Diego Aircraft Museum.

Vought Aircraft Company was established in 1917. During World War II, operating as Chance Vought, the company produced thousands of planes for the Navy, including the F4U Corsair, and later built the F8 Crusader.  The Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization that was formed by a group of former Vought executives and employees in 1996, was organized to preserve and protect the legacy and heritage of the Chance Vought Aircraft Company.

“With the addition of this significant and rare film archive, AeroCinema solidifies its position as the premier destination for aviation history buffs,” said Peter McKelvy, SVP of AeroCinema, said in a statement. “We are indebted to Lt Col. Everett Atkins Jr. (ret) and the entire team at the Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation for the trust they have placed in us.”

AeroCinema will be offered on a range of OTT platforms, including Roku players and Roku TVs, and connected Samsung and Panasonic TVs.