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Like Movies, Only Shorter: Movieclips Rounds Up More Cash

Here’s an interesting niche video play: Movieclips, a site that does exactly what it sounds like.

The company launched in beta a year ago, and it was fairly rough at the time–its catalog of clips was limited, and navigation was much tougher than it should have been.

But now Movieclips is much easier to get around, and the catalog seems much more substantial, at least from the outside. In any case it’s enough to convince investors, led by Shasta Ventures and First Round Capital, to put in $3 million in a Series A round.

The big question is whether Movieclips can train users to visit when they want to find a movie clip, instead of looking on Hulu or Google’s YouTube.

Because at Hulu, for instance, you can watch not only this scene from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” but you can see the entire film–which is still great nearly 30 (!) years later.

Still, worth playing around with. It’s our time, as Spicoli would say.


Movie Videos & Movie Scenes at MOVIECLIPS.com


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— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”