If you want to catch Anthony Hopkins' latest movie, "Zero Contact," you're going to have to hop on the Vuele NFT platform. The movie is set to become the first full-length feature film available and viewable on an NFT platform. How does that even work? We have the details here.
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To make the movie available to viewers, Vuele says it will auction off a one-of-one NFT linked to the film, which will grant the owner early access to the release. Next, it will release subsequent versions of the NFTs, available as drops for which users must queue up.
Each round will tender a higher number of NFTs, with each granting owners fewer associated perks. Users will be able to display and trade their NFTs on the Vuele platform.
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