Dendy Direct is closing up shop

Brodie Fogg 13 April 2018 NEWS

Dendy will focus on expanding its cinema presence in Australia.

Dendy's streaming service was a promising proposition on paper: Some of the biggest and best arthouse and indie cinema delivered on-demand. The cinema chain is known for showing niche titles the big cinemas don't and it started delivering similar arthouse content from the likes of Madman and Roadshow to users on-demand back in 2014 with Dendy Direct.

Now, Dendy Direct is going the way of Presto and Quickflix, closing down its streaming service in the face of tough competition from companies like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Stan.

In a statement released today, Dendy cited the mounting VOD competition in Australia and rapidly evolving technology as the main challenges for the local independent business.

Thankfully, Dendy's brick-and-mortar cinema presence is only growing stronger. In June last year, Canberra's Dendy expanded to include 15 screens, making it the biggest cinema in Australia's capital. In addition, Dendy opened an all-new venue late last year in Brisbane's Coorparoo Square – a deluxe cinema experience with 10 standard screens, two premium and one lush Dendy Premium Lounge.

For those looking for another way to stream arthouse, indies and all-time classics there's still MUBI. MUBI is a streaming service with an interesting twist: Rather than perpetually housing thousands upon thousands of TV shows and movies, MUBI handpicks a selection of quality cinema every single month. There's also a 7-day free trial for those looking to dip their toes in.

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