The internet is filled with streaming services, and now they’re getting more particular, hoping to cater to a specific genre and audience.
Recursor is the latest in this widening catalog of options. The platform, which launched this month, is specifically for indie sci-fi, hosting content from creators and original series.
At the time of launch, Recursor also premiered its first web-series Nina_Unlocked, which stars YouTube personality Lana McKissack as an android and former assassin with amnesia who sets out to interview guests about her history and creation. Three episodes are currently available to watch.
Recursor hopes to be the hub where users can go to find serial, narrative-heavy stories, or what it calls the “highest quality science fiction.”
“This is a golden era for hard science fiction, and we’re thrilled to be premiering the first video platform devoted to the genre,” Recursor CEO and Nina_Unlocked writer E.J. Kavounas said in a statement.
“While other platforms cater to audiences of horror, comedy, and animation, we felt that despite the enormous passion people have for high-quality science fiction, there was no dedicated alternative for these viewers,” Kavounas added.
On Recursor, you can search by title, obviously, but you can also search by sci-fi category, which includes sections like “Alien Encounter,” “Cyberpunk Noir,” “Post-Human,” and “Space Opera.” That’s about as specific as you can get when it comes to what you’re in the mood for.
As Recursor is a hub for indie creators, it says it’s open to submissions. Filmmakers can submit projects at a time for review, which includes unfinished projects. Officials with the platform also announced an upcoming contest for creators to submit ideas for an original Recursor film, although there are few details at this time.
It’ll be interesting to see if this kind of platform can be successful. The media watching economy seems to be moving in the direction of the streaming service, so giving an audience a niche platform to indulge in, would in theory, be a good idea. It also gives a platform for independent creators who might not have a place for distribution otherwise. But how much will people give for this kind of service?
Currently, Recursor is hosting short films and longer projects from YouTube, so it isn’t exactly a streaming service. It’s more a center and aggregator for this kind of content, along with a way to discover filmmakers on the internet.