This new app will let you watch the latest cinema releases on your phone

This new app will let you watch the latest cinema releases on your phone
Josh Stone says his new app, Cinsteem, will allow people to watch cinema quality movies at home whenever they like (Photo: Shutterstock)

A British entrepreneur claims to have devised an app which will allow film fans to watch the latest movies – at the same time they are released in cinemas.

Josh Stone, 26, says major American studios are interested in his bid to legally distribute films on Cinsteem, a subscription-based streaming app similar to Netflix.

He started working on the app because he was annoyed at having to endure adverts and “pay through the nose” for popcorn during trips to the cinema.

Stone describes the invention, set for an autumn release, as an ‘online cinema’ which would offer cheap ticket prices, no ads and exclusive new releases. But he says it is not going to ruin traditional cinemas – just giving people the option to “relax in their PJs and order a pizza”.

Cinema quality movies at home

Stone, who currently works in insurance, said, “What we aim to do is bring the traditional cinema to a digital revolution.

“Our users will be able to watch cinema quality movies at home simply by downloading an app and clicking play.

“Netflix are trying to get into cinemas by bringing their content to the silver screen whereas we are taking on the likes of Odeon, Showcase, Cineworld – companies like that.

“Where they have the overheads of gas, electric, traditional brick and mortar locations, we have none of that.

The hoax email informs users that their account has been suspended and directs them to a phishing page (Photo: Shutterstock)
The concept is similar to other streaming services, like Netflix, but will only show the latest cinema releases (Photo: Shutterstock)

“That’s why we can bring our prices down to less than a traditional cinema ticket.

“We are looking at getting exclusive content to our platform. There’s going to be no ads as well – it’s going to be completely ad free.”

Films from the world’s biggest studios

Stone is in talking to legal teams of the world’s biggest studios – and is drawing up contracts for the licensing and distribution rights of films.

“It’s never been done before. I have called pretty much every studio worldwide in my spare time to find out how to go about getting the licensing for a cinema,” he said.

“Trying to convince American studios to speak to, in their eyes, a child is quite hard.

“It is doable, and I’ve got traction now, but to start off with it was quite disheartening being told they weren’t sure if it was going to work and I was going to come up a lot of competition regarding cinemas themselves.”

‘People are happy to pay for good quality’

Stone, from Bristol, finishes his day job and spends his evenings working on the app, often phoning potential clients in New York and California.

He says he is not worried about piracy because people won’t stream their movies illegally if they are sold at “a reasonable price and [are] good quality”.

“My argument to that is that if you give better streaming situations people won’t do it,” Stone added.

Stone hopes the app will bring the traditional cinema to a digital revolution (Photo: Shutterstock)
Stone hopes the app will bring the traditional cinema to a digital revolution (Photo: Shutterstock)

“People can still pirate off Netflix but they don’t because it’s so affordable.

“If it’s a reasonable price and good quality people are happy to pay – and then it’s a win-win for everybody.”

Stone, who built the website himself, says the next stage of his business plan is to look for seed funding.

He added, “I am not saying the cinema is going to end because of this.

“If you like that experience that’s fine. But from the market research I have done, a lot of consumers don’t like paying 20 odd pounds for a ticket.”