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htshell
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Re: Mubi

#101 Post by htshell » Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:28 pm

It sucks. Used that site quite extensively as a tool for film discovery. Hopefully it will be functional again at some point but it's quite a mess the way they have rolled this redesign out.

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Re: Mubi

#102 Post by prokosch » Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:11 pm

Still trying to figure out what's still there and what they've gutted. Very disappointed in the redesign so far, particularly as my watchlist seems to have been purged. More visual harmony with the streaming service obviously (which I'll still use on and off, probably), but the overhaul locks in my drift toward Letterboxd for aggregating film journaling and to-watch functions.

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Re: Mubi

#103 Post by My Man Godfrey » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:22 pm

Mubi, for some reason, will no longer be available on PlayStation platforms. From an email sent to subscribers today:
We wanted to be the ones to break the news that unfortunately MUBI will no longer be available on PlayStation® starting next month — so we are reaching out to all our Playstation watchers to give you a heads up and apologize for the trouble.
I wonder how many people are actually using Mubi?

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Re: Mubi

#104 Post by Raymond Marble » Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:00 pm

I don't mean to imply that this is definitely, or even necessarily, the problem, but I'm a two-time ex-Mubi subscriber who full-stop loves their programming, but the PlayStation app to watch their films on drove me batshit, so much so that I wound up cancelling my subscription in a fit of rage after the most recent bout. I've never once had any issue streaming Mubi on my laptop, but at least half the time on my PS4 it was just unwatchably awful--it would play for two seconds, buffer for five seconds, play for two seconds, buffer for five more seconds, etc. Elsewhere, the app didn't always seem to want to update with each day's new film, and some other assorted bugginess like that.

It really is a shame, too, as like I said, their programming is in general stellar. (Today's film is The Crime of Monsieur Lange, for fuck's sake.) I'll probably resubscribe at some point, like when I get a better means of streaming stuff to my TV.

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Re: Mubi

#105 Post by MyFathersSon » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:51 am

I dropped a note to Mubi (Help/Send a Message) that I would like to be able to sort 'Now Showing' by their star ratings. I received a reply that my request would be forwarded to their development team.

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Re: Mubi

#106 Post by RSTooley » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:34 pm

Because I didn't throw a big enough tantrum over at Reddit's Criterion forum, I wanted to note that MUBI curiously increased their price this morning by three dollars. As far as I can tell, this was without notice. The only reason I can understand this increase is if they launch a full on-demand service with more titles to choose from. We'll wait and see.

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Re: Mubi

#107 Post by Monsieur M. » Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:46 pm

RSTooley wrote:Because I didn't throw a big enough tantrum over at Reddit's Criterion forum, I wanted to note that MUBI curiously increased their price this morning by three dollars. As far as I can tell, this was without notice. The only reason I can understand this increase is if they launch a full on-demand service with more titles to choose from. We'll wait and see.
Hi RSTooley. I received the same notification this morning, though since I live in Europe, the increase is three euros, from 5.99 to 8.99 euros. This is a quote from the aforementioned email:
Well, there’ll be more eye-opening, head-expanding, life-affirming cinema, more MUBI exclusives and Special Discoveries, more Notebook coverage connecting you to filmmakers, more guest curators more language and subtitle options (soon you can watch French cinema in the U.S. with Italian subtitles)… Basically, more of everything.
That is quite a mouthful of pretty words. From what I've understood, Mubi has recently announced its entry in to the Chinese and Indian film markets, and has attracted several new investments. Of course I could be wrong, since at this time we have no details as to what they have planned for the higher price point, but seems to me the subscribers are at least partly paying for these investments. I really would love to support Mubi, but given that they are unable to even give us English subtitles for English-language films, still use burnt-in subtitles (this is a huge issue for subscribers with large TVs if the source material is of poor quality/resolution), have had quite a few mishaps with wrong aspect-ratios, Netflix offers superior AV quality for many of the more mainstream films available on Mubi, and the fact that their PS4 app is very slow and buggy, I feel even the current 5.99 euros per month for 30 films is a bit of a reach. They would really have to step up their game if they are expecting people to pay 8.99 euros. A shame really, because with these little tweaks they could really be something special for the lovers of world cinema.

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Re: Mubi

#108 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:41 pm

Monsieur M. wrote:From what I've understood, Mubi has recently announced its entry in to the Chinese and Indian film markets, and has attracted several new investments.
Mubi canceled their plans to enter the Chinese market because the regulators wouldn't let them, which was frankly a predictable outcome. They did get some investment from a Chinese firm regardless, but it was much smaller than the original deal ($2m instead of $10m). The India deal will include an actual Mubi service in India (they've already announced subscription plans starting at around $8 a month) but I haven't seen any details on how much it's actually worth.

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