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    After five great years, we’re bidding farewell to Hulu. We hope you’ll join us over at FilmStruck, the new streaming service we’ve just launched with our friends at Turner Classic Movies. The Criterion Channel, our home base on the platform, is your place to explore the breadth of our collection with a wide range of regularly updated curated programs, introductions, original content, and much more.

    Take a look at what we’ve got lined up for programming so far, and leave us a comment if you have ideas about what you’d like to see down the road!

62 comments

  • By BrianBoru
    December 28, 2016
    09:32 PM

    Well, I am looking forward to this. I imagine a lot of the complaints will disappear once they work out the kinks. Hulu's catalogue also promised to be complete, but it wasnt -- Pasolini's Trilogy of Life was absent as well as some key Janus titles, such as Nights of Cabiria. Inexplicable. But I hope that Filmstruck's catalogue will grow so these and other films will be available. Rotating the films mightnt be so bad if the channel works it way repeatedly through the catalogue and covers it all over time. But I wont subscribe until they arrange it with Roku. Watching films on a laptop sucks. I wish you luck Filmstruck. But please do your best to satisfy customer demands. And fix the customer service.
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  • By US-Clipper
    December 29, 2016
    10:36 PM

    I can hear the guys in the boardroom now, our decision to leave Hulu and start our own streaming operation is just business. I agree, it's greedy business. While I thoroughly enjoyed the Criterion Collection, I can live without it. The movie, The Human Stain is probably due for a sequel. The Corporate Stain. The end.
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    • By Cezary_C
      December 30, 2016
      10:11 AM

      Their deal with Hulu wasn't exactly like them giving movies away as charity. That was a business decision, too.
  • By Jim
    January 14, 2017
    05:50 PM

    Yeah, I'm already spending $100/mo on streaming services. Not going to add another. See ya.
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  • By Ian Laczynski
    January 18, 2017
    02:51 PM

    Well, I'm not having any issues with FilmStruck. I'm enjoying it immensely. I don't have deep pockets, but I'm going to continue doing my thing: watching all kinds of great movies on FilmStruck in my free time, including out of print and hard to find classics I've wanted to see for a long time, and taking advantage of Criterion flash sales and the B&N sales. Not sure why everyone is so riled up.
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  • By Regler
    February 11, 2017
    04:47 AM

    When will this be available in the UK?
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  • By Manne G.
    February 13, 2017
    10:15 PM

    Filmstruck has problems but is way better than their channel at Hulu. Filmstruck has TCM movies, special features and a lot of exciting opportunities to continue getting better.
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  • By James
    February 22, 2017
    12:34 PM

    I just signed up to say good bye. I really enjoyed you on Hulu, sorry that you are gone; I will not be following you.
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  • By Ybbanna
    March 01, 2017
    10:06 PM

    They've just started, give them a chance to work out the kinks. You'll never find all your favorite dishes in that one restaurant, but you'll always find a dish you love in your favorite restaurant. As Manne G. commented..."Filmstruck has TCM movies..." and what an amazing pairing...!!! I never joined Hulu because, in my opinion, the only good thing it had was Criterion. If you all believe they're in it for the money it would be foolish for them to not be "...coming to a device near you..."!!
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  • By David K.
    March 04, 2017
    04:51 PM

    I'll be getting FilmStruck as soon as it's available on my Roku. Thank you Criterion for your excellent disks and movie selection, and giving people an alternate way to view them!
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  • By Jeff C.
    March 15, 2017
    05:16 PM

    I will subscribe to FilmStruck only when it works on my Roku. I very much look forward to it; the FilmStruck site states that this will happen in Spring 2017...I hope it does (only 16 days remaining).
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  • By AML
    March 16, 2017
    12:13 AM

    I signed up just to leave this comment. I've been a fan and customer for many years, so I was very disheartened to see you make such a poor decision. I can only hope eventually you'll come to your senses and move back to a major streaming service.
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  • By japanesefilm
    March 19, 2017
    05:08 PM

    Moving to FilmStruck was a terrible decision. So many classic Criterion films are not available there, such as Godzilla. What percentage are not available anymore??
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  • By Cole Duffy
    March 20, 2017
    04:23 PM

    It'd be great if a link for each film available on Filmstruck was added to their pages like how it was when everything was on Hulu.
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  • By Emir K
    April 20, 2017
    06:38 PM

    I think leaving Hulu will be long-term a disservice to both the Criterion collection financially and (relatedly) the cause of increasing the set of people watching Criterion films. The move to Film Struck is essentially a move towards sticking with a small sliver of hard-core Criterion fans and giving up on everyone else including multiple person households -- e.g. in many households Hulu makes sense b/c members have vastly varying tastes and Criterion offers one alternative to members who care for it. On the other hand, unless your entire household is completely into Criterion, it is hard to justify $7 a month just for FilmStruck. In the short run this is likely more than what Hulu paid Criterion but in the long run I don't see it as sustainable. I will go out on a limb here and predict that unless you go the institutional route (e.g. get universities etc. to sign up en masse) things will get hard financially. Unless of course, this entire thing serves as a negotiating tactic to extract a better deal from Hulu
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  • By Virgil
    May 12, 2017
    02:17 AM

    What an awful decision. You've forced everyone to now adopt ANOTHER streaming service. Most of us have Hulu, Amazon Prime and Netflix or some combo w/Hulu having Criterion. Again an awful decision and a major reason why many use torrents to download films rather than pay for an unmanageable number of services. You reap what you sow, goodbye and hello Pirate Bay.
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  • By terribly
    May 25, 2017
    10:43 AM

    Another disappointed Canadian due to the national restriction. This really is dumb in an era of cross-border data. Sort of like region codes for DVDs. It is just 20th century BS. And I have to agree with many of the commentators. I would have stuck with a major player like Hulu or Netflix. I also am disinclined to go to another streaming service. Better yet, why be exclusive and get your product onto multiple platforms. Not really a good move.
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  • By Michael
    May 28, 2017
    03:39 AM

    I agree with many others, I loved having th criterion a part of hulu but there is no way on top of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon that I am going to pay another 10.99 a month for just a niche genre. It was great to have as an option with other varieties but not to stand alone and when I am already paying for cable as well, maybe if you allowed your films to be accessed with a cable subscription through TCM on demand... sorry to see you go
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  • By Efrain Lopez
    June 08, 2017
    12:21 AM

    I love Criterion, but eleven dollars a month on top of Hulu is a bit too much for me. I will have to pass on this one. :(
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  • By Mhm
    June 26, 2017
    10:52 PM

    I have to say my heart warmed at hearing about Criterion streamed. After reading the legion of complaints about Filmstruck app and streaming service, I'm most disappointed. I'd gladly pay the $11/mo. but not for no service. A product of Criterion's stature deserves better. I hope it puts pressure on Filmstruck to fix this mess. I'd sign up then.
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  • By SKSmith
    July 13, 2017
    09:50 PM

    I am deeply saddened to discover that Criterion has left Hulu and that it is not available with a another comparably popular service such as Amazon or Netflix (I too made an account just to make this known). As a university graduate student it was a delight to be able to watch so many renowned films through Criterion's partnership with Hulu. However, as many others have lamented, it is untenable to maintain so many different accounts. I already have accounts with Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix, so on a tight budget it will not be possible for me to subscribe to yet another service (and in fact I am now contemplating ending my subscription with Hulu. Honestly, Criterion films being available was my main reason for even subscribing in the first place.). I often watched the long list of Japanese films by greats such as Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, and others. It is almost impossible to find legitimate sources to watch anything Japanese that is of any real substance (i.e. is not anime). Unfortunately, I think this move will keep younger generations from developing interest in classic films. Due to Criterion being available on Hulu, many of my undergraduate classmates started to watch Japanese movies that were not anime. I was surprised that many even knew directors other than Kurosawa and that some even bought DVDs to add to their collections. I am extremely disheartened at the thought of them now never getting exposure to truly great Japanese films and going back to only watching anime. I also second what other users have stated in that this move keeps Criterion from gaining a wider audience that will sustain its future growth. This is a terrible, terrible loss. I hope for Criterion's sake this move is successful, but deep down I will keep wishing for it's partnership with Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu in the near future. :"(
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