Chris Evans, right, leads a band of have-nots in the dystopian thriller, “Snowpiercer” available on video on demand.

Video on demand, once the poor stepchild of film distribution, is beginning to gain respect.

Besides giving smaller budget movies the chance to reach a wider audience, VOD is surfing atop the wave of younger viewers who prefer to watch on a smaller screen.

“Getting people into a theater is hard and expensive. Getting people to hit a button on their remote is a lot easier,” said Pittsburgh native Mark Cuban, whose media… [Read more on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]