• FilmStruck Launches October 19

    By Jonathan Turell and Peter Becker


    An update from the FilmStruck team:

    We want to share some news that the launch of FilmStruck is delayed until November as we work to complete a seamless and easy registration process for subscribers.

    Just like the final stages of completing a film, this additional time will allow us to put the finishing touches on FilmStruck in order to bring you a premium service with beautifully curated content and the largest streaming library of world-renowned arthouse, indie, cult and foreign films. Rest assured, we’re working hard to bring you the high-quality streaming movie service you’ve been waiting for.

    Thank you for both your patience and your enthusiastic interest in FilmStruck.

    We started the Criterion newsletter and blog more than ten years ago with the promise to keep you up-to-date about new releases and any exciting goings-on around here. Today, we’re excited to share the latest news about the launch of FilmStruck and the Criterion Channel, which we think is truly a game changer for us, for our fans, and for all people who enjoy great films.

    On October 19, the Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies will launch a subscription streaming service built by people who love movies for people who love movies. It will be unlike anything out there, with thematic programming, introductions, special features, and much more. FilmStruck, the primary service, programmed by the team at TCM, will feature a rotating selection of Criterion titles alongside movies licensed from sources around the world. A premium option for FilmStruck subscribers, the Criterion Channel will be our home base in the streaming space, programmed and produced by the Criterion team, where we can take our mission to a whole new level.

    Criterion Channel subscribers will have unlimited access to the largest selection of Criterion titles ever available on a streaming service—all the time. Our own ever-expanding streaming library includes many of the best-known classics in the Criterion Collection, along with hundreds of rare films you won’t find in any other medium, but we’ll also be featuring full Criterion special editions of titles licensed from major studios as well as out-of-print titles and films that have never been available to us on home video. We’ve worked hard to make the Criterion Channel a worthwhile addition for our core Criterion Blu-ray and DVD customers and regular FilmStruck subscribers alike by creating original, channel-exclusive content, director profiles, live events, guest-curated series, and a programming rotation where there will be something new happening just about every night of the week.

    We’ve had a great five years at Hulu, but the opportunity to build our own channel with the help of an incredible team like the one at TCM is a dream come true for our company. FilmStruck will be the exclusive streaming home of the Criterion Collection as of November 11, when our library will be leaving Hulu. The monthly cost of FilmStruck and the Criterion Channel together will be $10.99, but you can sign up for the FilmStruck newsletter to receive a free two-week trial offer when the services go live.

    We have talked (and debated) for years about the best way to bring some sort of subscription plan to our viewers, and with FilmStruck and the Criterion Channel, we believe we’ve finally found it. The first week on the channel, we’re bringing back the out-of-print commentary from The Silence of the Lambs. Catch a double feature on Friday nights. Find a short with a feature on Tuesdays. The possibilities are endless, and we’ve just begun to explore them.

    It’s been thirty-three years since Criterion published its first special edition laserdisc and nearly twenty since the dawn of DVD. The launch of FilmStruck and the Criterion Channel marks another exciting beginning for us. We are as committed as ever to publishing the world’s greatest films in definitive Blu-ray and DVD editions, but we think these new services are going to add a whole new dimension to the Criterion experience, and we hope you’ll give them a try.

75 comments

  • By TheBlueGoo0319
    October 07, 2016
    12:36 AM

    I really, really, really hope that this service will be available to Canadians. To me, a huge Criterion fan who lives north of the border, this is an absolute no brainer of a purchase. There's no way around it. Fingers are definitely crossed.
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  • By KevinAF
    October 07, 2016
    12:37 AM

    Very excited!! I plan on jumping in with an annual subscription! $99/year breaks down to $8.25/month, which is an amazing price for all this content!
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  • By rvbranham
    October 07, 2016
    01:26 AM

    when will this be available on roku? i'm on a budget & am paid up for another yr on hulu, but if y'r available on roku, i can swing another $8 or $9. & btw, i buy abt $800/yr (mostly thru yr b+n sales, but not exclusively)
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  • By Jesse S.
    October 07, 2016
    04:20 AM

    I always thought Criterion and Hulu were a poor match and glad that they're splitting up. Every time I've tried Hulu, I've cancelled because of the overlaid network logos on their TV shows (reason I don't watch TV anymore.) I tried to watch all the Criterion titles I could during the trial, but the last straw was when a menu came up over the end credits of one movie. TOTALLY unacceptable (and very disturbing that Netflix seems headed in that direction, I have an older Roku just because it doesn't support Netflix's intrusions!) Hulu never had 5.1 sound either, another deal-breaker- not that most of their audience would notice that. I hope Filmstruck's interface leaves all the material alone for us to watch in peace- I don't want anything popping up over the end credits as I like to read them and it often ruins the ending when that happens, I don't even want anything onscreen during the first 5 seconds of any movie like some interfaces have!
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  • By Olivier
    October 07, 2016
    03:20 PM

    I am also a Canadian That really really really wish that it will be accessible here! Can Criterion give any information on this ?
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  • By Mark S.
    October 07, 2016
    03:28 PM

    If this is made available to stream from multiple platforms, with FilmStruck spotlighting a rotation of movies with special features and the Criterion Channel hosting the streaming backlog for all the movies they currently own the rights to, this sounds great. If this is Mubi like service, where we can only play the very limited selection you choose to show us, period, and the rest is locked away in a Disney like vault to heighten novelty for financial gain, well, there are other ways to find these movies. Really hoping for the first! Ps - Please give Zatoichi it's own stylized section and include film #10, which is missing from Hulu's lineup.
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  • By NEIL KIRK
    October 07, 2016
    04:45 PM

    THE GREATEST NEWS A MOVIE LOVER COULD EVER HEAR! -- THIS IS FABULOUS!!!
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  • By omar l.
    October 07, 2016
    05:23 PM

    If Filmstruck can provide subtitles in languages besides english and a Roku or Playstation app, I will leave Netflix immediately.
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  • By Marc-André
    October 07, 2016
    08:42 PM

    I love The Criterion Collection and like many people who posted here before, i'm canadian and I hope we could have this service here in Canada!!!
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  • By faornelas
    October 08, 2016
    07:13 AM

    Awesome news! But, please, make it international! I could never watch Hulu here in Brazil, and I am a Criterion collector.
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  • By 10024-nick
    October 08, 2016
    11:50 PM

    10024 It would be very surprising if you'll be able to get a $10.99/mo. FilmStruck/Criterion subscription without paying Time Warner many times that for a lot of other stuff you have no interest in. When has a cable company ever allowed a customer to buy only the programming he/she wants, without paying for a lot of other stuff he/she doesn't want, at any price?
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  • By pivic
    October 09, 2016
    02:19 AM

    I live in Sweden and would love to be able to access FilmStruck from here; if you won't expand, it's sad to say, but I hope it'll be easy for some VPN providers to aid us fans to circumvent this geographic wall of silliness.
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  • By grilogo
    October 09, 2016
    11:16 AM

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make FilmStruck available in Canada! Hulu was never available here, and Canadian Netflix never offered Criterion selections, so this is our next best chance of gaining access to the entire Criterion Collection, short of spending tens of thousands of dollars to purchase the entire catalogue. I've even considered immigrating to the USA just to have access to FilmStruck! No, wait - Donald Trump lives in the USA... Never mind.
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  • By belcherman
    October 11, 2016
    12:27 PM

    Count me in! Good-bye, Hulu.
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  • By Alfio Daniel Foti
    October 12, 2016
    11:36 AM

    This is all fine and dandy but its only available in the US. Super convenient for everyone else. I understand theres copyright issues and what have you but its really disappointing knowing that this exists but cant be accessed in Canada!
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  • By Jimbies
    October 16, 2016
    10:02 AM

    Ughh, so dejected to live on a border-town on the Canadian side and miss out on this.
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  • By Brenda D.
    January 03, 2017
    09:36 PM

    Another Canadian who can hardly wait for Filmstruck and TCN to stream here. Tired of not finding what I want on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or iTunes. Cable isn't an option as I want to watch what I want when I want. Still paying for rather expensive DVDs which I can't watch on a tablet without a hassle. Country and region specific distribution agreements no longer make sense in a connected world.
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  • By Patricia Sheridan
    January 04, 2017
    09:41 PM

    Yes, in Canada please!
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  • By drewmunro
    January 20, 2017
    05:53 PM

    Yeah told all my friends that my 'Film Streaming Dreams had come true" - sent them all the link, settled down to a weekend of watching all the films I have wanted to watch for years, go to sign up "not available in Canada" - NOOOOO!!! <> !!! Come on guys, please get this on the go in Canada.
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  • By Alexis Jurado
    April 24, 2017
    02:47 PM

    Can you make it available in Canada? Thanks!
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