Fandor: A Netflix for the indie film lover

Its library isn't very deep, but it is specific, and Fandor, which launched today, is hoping that its depth of indie films gives it an edge over other streaming services like Netflix.

The subscription service, which costs $10 a month, has about 2,500 films in its library and says it plans on adding more.

The San Francisco-based company isn't trying to replace Netflix, but to supplement it, hoping users will be interested in content outside the mainstream, said COO Montgomery Kosma, who says about 80 percent of the site's films are not available on Netflix.

The site can be viewed through the Boxee Box, if users want to watch a movie on the big(ger) screen in the living room, although the adaptive bit rate streaming doesn't guarantee Hi-def play, said the company.

Fandor joins a field that's already pretty crowded, with competitors like Mubi, SundanceNow, IndieFlix and IndieMoviesOnline.

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