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BFI Player – the British Film Institute's video on-demand service – has been given a lick of paint a year after launching.

There's also a bundle of new movies to enjoy, bringing the total up to 1,400. 60 per cent of these are completely free.

The BFI also promises more new features will be added in the coming weeks.

The freshly added films are from Universal Pictures and include 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' and the 'Back to the Future' trilogy.

This month sees the BFI celebrate everything sci-fi in its Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season, in collaboration with mobile network O2.

Cinematic wonders airing during the event include Star Wars episodes 4-6 and campathon 'Flash Gordon', as well as cult classics such as 'The Day The Earth Caught Fire'.

Films are being grouped into three themes: Tomorrow's World, Altered States and Contact!

Other new collections of films include BFI Flare (LGBT), Cult Cinema ("groupies, gangsters, and weird and wayward delights"), Inside Film ("rarities, exclusives, documentaries and special features"), British Cinema Classics, New Chinese Cinema, Cannes Film Festival World Cinema Classics, and Unavailable on DVD.

For the 40 per cent of the films you have to pay for, prices start at £1 for shorts, and £2.50 for features. You have 30 days to watch your purchase, and 48 hours in which to rewatch, if you so wish.

BFI members receive a 15 per cent discount, as well as access to exclusive offers.

"BFI Player is uniquely placed to join the dots of film, taking audiences on an expertly curated journey from the very earliest films to the very latest releases," Edward Humphrey, director of digital at the BFI, said.

"Growing audiences for British independent and specialised films is core to everything the BFI does and we recognise that audiences are seldom offered a real diversity of choice in the on-demand market.

"The revamped BFI Player continues our path towards a richer, more rewarding digital film experience for UK audiences."

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