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Over the last few years, left-leaning documentarian Michael Moore’s cinematic molotov cocktails have gone from filling seats at the art hous…

imageOver the last few years, left-leaning documentarian Michael Moore’s cinematic molotov cocktails have gone from filling seats at the art houses to multiplexes. Online video sharing site Blip.tv hopes that his latest, Slacker Uprising, will lead to more traffic to its site. Blip.tv is offering Moore’s new film, which is being released online instead of in theaters. The movie, which debuts Tuesday, is also going to be available for download on iTunes and on *Amazon*. Clocking in at 2 hours, 23 minutes, it carries no advertising and is otherwise free. So why would Blip.tv agree to run it? It’s not out of charity, says Blip.tv CEO Mike Hudack.

Brave New World, the film’s producer, had worked with Blip.tv on other projects and asked if the video site would be interested. “We jumped at the opportunity to host the first major feature film to be released on the internet,” Hudack told me. “You can liken it to Radiohead or Nine Inch Nails putting putting out their last albums for free download.” Advertising on Blip.tv is opt-in. Moore could have asked. And we could have made him a ton of ad revenue. But for us, it

  1. Not just blip.tv & amazon but also Lycos is providing free streaming of the film and an on-demand version . And Hypernia is providing bandwidth and servers to host MPEG4 and DivX versions of "Slacker Uprising" online, so you can burn a DVD or download the film to watch on your computer, XBOX, or PS3.

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  2. you DID mean "host", right ? ;)

    "…opportunity to hose the first major.."

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  3. Amanda Natividad Thursday, September 25, 2008

    Thanks for the comment… the phrase has been corrected.

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