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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!

25 comments

  • By 1110b
    November 12, 2016
    02:50 PM

    There used to be a list on criterion.com/hulu. Now it is gone. Will there be one like it for films streaming on FilmStruck? That list made searching through the films that streamed online simple and easy.
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  • By Tony H.
    November 13, 2016
    02:09 PM

    Three things: 1) I'm really liking the curated film lists. It's a fantastic idea, and we've already taken advantage of them in the first week of subscribing. 2) The faster you can develop the Chromecast capability, the better, as that's how we prefer to watch in our house. I know you're on it, but just... encouraging that along. And 3), I trust that more of the Criterion collection will be available on a regular basis, now that you have a space that's more your own?
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  • By Criterion F.
    November 13, 2016
    03:37 PM

    What would I like to see "down the road"? I would like to see access to all Criterion Films, via Roku, Chromecast, and PC (HTML5 video). Really painful to all of that taken away.
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  • By TechyCyber2020
    November 13, 2016
    06:47 PM

    Sigh, and I went to Hulu I was wondering what happened and was excited to watch it least a criterion movie and when I went to Hulu I see no longer a Criterion section. I am seriously saddened that Criterion films needed to be removed because it's going to become its own streaming service feels like when Criterion was removed from Netflix felt like I got stabbed in the back. Would Criterion movies ever come back to Netflix or Hulu even though you guys have your own streaming service I am already paying for cable, internet, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. Plus there is no access for Filmstruck on ATV 3rd gen or Xbox One but either way I just can not afford another streaming service.
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  • By ViciousGrandma
    November 13, 2016
    09:14 PM

    I do a lot of streaming through game consoles (xbox, playstation), it would be nice to have the channel on those platforms.
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  • By ExtantHatchet
    November 14, 2016
    02:03 PM

    enough with the "curation." I don't need my viewing choices "curated." The Criterion Collection is already, by definition, curated. Also, I find the "let's have Bill Hader talk about a Kurosawa movie we've all seen 1000 times" spirit of forced-fun and mediocre-pedanticalness to be annoying. I'd rather that time and energy went into developing an app that supports Airplay rather than one that crashes every 10 seconds, forcing me to watch these priceless films on a laptop like I'm some kind of ADHD addled college Freshman. I don't need an astro-turfed online "community," I need that one Imamura movie I never bought streaming on my 55" television. THAT SAID: you can't NOT subscribe, and if the app ever works, it'll be by far the best bargain in all of the streaming world. For now, rocky start - like House Atreides taking over Arrakis type rocky start - but I subscribed for a year and because Criterion is usually on top of their game, and I'm optimistic it'll be work out.
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  • By Ehren E Clark
    November 14, 2016
    09:45 PM

    Please. Complaining and whining needs to be left in the schoolroom. Enough! When I saw my first Criterion Collection distributed film, it was a Bergman, not sure which one. I was living on the west side of Houston, the burbs- all of Houston is one big burb- the year was '89, and I drove my '79 Toyota Celica at the age of 17, the the inner loop to the River Oaks Cinema, by myself- who would go with me, who cared about a Sweedish director who made movies in black and white and were dumb... I had finally graduated from Erroll Flynn. A year later I would graduate to Greenaway whom I have lost my tolerance for, but Nyman has been the love of my life since I was bamboozled by the connection between The Piano and TCTTHWAHL. Don't google it kids. Totally lost on and to to. Thank you thank you thank you Criterion Collection and Turner Movie Classics. I say this with all sincerity that as a book collector and a very bohemian life, and anxieties about my retirement have been reduced signigicantly. The choices you are making and the curation you are using to help us discover film we never knew existed is incomparable to any streaming service. Honestly, I am a bit humbled. So much heart. I would do the same. How could I not? My collection is a joy to me and I applaud your use of DVD. My first Criterion Purchase was The Bicycle Thief/ Bicycle Thieves... this was my favorite film growing up, and without deterring having stuck to the DVD format simply because from all of the anger and arguing over "blu" and simply staying out of this bickering, I am leaving this comment as a sort or final closure to my antique trunk of Criterion only DVDs (foreign and only a few after 1990 excepting Kieślowski and perhaps one or two others, very Japanese heavy) as I bought Dekalogue last week and now bury the trunk a mile beneath my home ;) and enjoy Filmstruck, recommend the Tarkovskys I have not seen, and as I pause while watching Kes that does not look like a flattened/Modernist Kandinsky (dont google those either kiddos) I say Bravo to you Criterion, TNT and others whom have chosen to not destroy the integrity of the history of cinema but preserve it and all of the invaluable work you have done. Bravo!
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    • By ExtantHatchet
      November 15, 2016
      02:28 PM

      if you'd bothered reading my entire post before prattling down memory lane, you'd have seen that my complaint is not the "curation" per se, but rather the focus on such self-promotional trivialities when the basics remain unaddressed - primarily, the lack of a functional Airplay-friendly app for Apple users. I have spent thousands of dollars of on Criterion DVD/Blu for almost as long as you have, and I love the brand, so much so that I subscribed on faith for a year to Filmstruck figuring that it would at least be as fine an experience as Hulu. Thus far, it is not. Far from it. In fact, I can't even call up my wishlist on my laptop anymore because it tells me that I am using an unsupported browser (I'm using Safari, which is most certainly supported). So again, less Bill Hader talking about Cassavettes and more technical basics being covered. And also again, even if this has been a shaky launch for F/S, I love Criterion and always will.
  • By Alexander K.
    November 16, 2016
    11:50 AM

    I wish you didn't leave Hulu until you got your act together with a FilmStruck app. I used to watch a vast library of Criterion movies on any of my big flatscreen TVs via SmartTV, xbox and playstation consoles. Now I can only watch on my computer screen, with limited browser options, and you've limited the collection. I know that you plan to support AppleTV and Amazon Fire soon, but only a fraction of your customers access streaming movies with those devices.
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  • By Tom O.
    November 16, 2016
    10:54 PM

    Could you please advise when the proposed AppleTV app will be available. Pity you didn't maintain the Hulu access until the various existing viewing methods were resolved.
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  • By Noel23
    November 17, 2016
    10:58 AM

    In an email from the Filmstruck Help Team "As of now, we will not be having the entire Criterion Collection, and instead we will be rotating our collection of films, both FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection, on a weekly basis" WTF?!? Doesnt this contradict what you stated everywhere else? For example from the Filmstruck FAQs "Criterion Channel is a premium add-on tier programmed by the Criterion Collection team - will offer subscribers continual access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of films and special features" or here on Criterion.com comments section "On the Criterion Channel, our entire streaming library of films and special features will be available to premium subscribers all the time". -----------This looks SERIOUSLY like Bait-and-Switch false advertising. If you don't want to bother showing these films, let someone else show them. C'mon Criterion we LOVE you, you are better than this.
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  • By Noel23
    November 20, 2016
    10:12 PM

    Criterion=LIARS Another one from your Filmstruck Help Center RE: The Fantastic Premium Tier Criterion Channel "Yes films will rotate out of the line up as well" WTF?!?! So this: "Criterion Channel is a premium add-on tier programmed by the Criterion Collection team - will offer subscribers continual access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of films" was a LIE? And WHY? Why would films rotate out? For the record I'm asking here because your helpcenter is sh*t (i've worked customer service, trust me FilmStrucks' is terrible)----------FYI If you havent signed up for this yet Do NOT bother getting the Criterion Channel, do NOT bother getting the $99 year subscription. And if you are, like me, stuck with that year apparently, NOW that theyve got our $$ the message from Criterion is "WATCH 'EM WHILE U GOT EM" (or more politley we all just paid $99 for MUBI).
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  • By Russell Ward
    November 21, 2016
    01:12 PM

    Well I just dropped my Hulu subscription and have taken up FilmStruck... and like the look of it. They've even got Bondarchuk's War and Peace.
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  • By Rafael E.
    November 24, 2016
    03:38 PM

    Just went to Hulu trying to find my Samurai movies and found out the change. I can't believe Filmstruck is charging $11.99 per month to watch Criterion movies and to top it off is not available on Roku.
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  • By Jeremiah M.
    November 26, 2016
    01:18 AM

    While I'm sure that the quality and consistency of FilmStruck streaming will improve over time, the comparative paucity of the library compared with the Hulu library is extremely disappointing. Publicity materials indicated that the Criterion Channel would include everything the company has streaming rights to. Instead, there are fewer Janus titles than there were on Hulu. Why? The channel should offer the best selection you'be ever given access to, not the worst you've had in several years.
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  • By vog
    November 26, 2016
    10:36 AM

    I knew the Hulu deal wouldn't last forever but this two-tier scheme is terrible. Meanwhile your blu-ray release schedule has been stuffy and dull. You've chosen to overwhelmingly cater to boomers who love Sundance and TCM and release almost nothing to bring in younger viewers. You've lost the plot badly in the past five years and nobody is stepping up to replace you. It's a sad day.
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  • By itchyrodent32
    November 28, 2016
    04:35 PM

    Hey vog, I'm a young viewer, and I love TCM and old Hollywood classics! Don't paint with such broad brushes.
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  • By jmspls72
    November 29, 2016
    04:13 PM

    First of all let me say that I don't want to lucky ones who has not had any problems streaming from struck on my mobile device. But I'm also waiting excitedly for you guys to release film struck on the Roku so that I can watch movies on my flatscreen. I also think it's an excellent way to be able to preview criterion movies.
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  • By youreallycareaboutthisname
    November 30, 2016
    12:24 AM

    A little overly ambitious wouldn't you say? I'll miss seeing the films on Hulu but I won't be following.. a wise person once told me not to attempt take people away from a party that's already happening to try and start your own.
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  • By teb1013
    November 30, 2016
    02:57 PM

    Well, I didn't have Hulu, but now I have Filmstruck and I'm watching great films almost every night. After spending foturnes on Criterion LDs, DVDs and Blu Rays, this is actually a great saving for me. Great stuff, but what's the deal with War and Peace, it's in a tiny box in the center of the screen like watching a letterboxed VHS tape in the middle of an HDTV screen. My somewhat scratchy DVD of the same film is much better it shows the widescreen film large enough so that you can see what's going on. Not Criterion quality, I'd say.
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  • By DeanW
    November 30, 2016
    04:46 PM

    Watching films on a small computer screen is definitely a step up from watching on my big screen through Roku and Hulu. That's the best for customers and for the best way to experience these films, outside of a theater obviously. Seems like a cash grab on Criterion's part. Would have been nice to have any notification this was happening from Criterion or Hulu. I never received anything. I won't be going to Filmstruck. Their site is buggy and I have enough paid streaming, can't have them all. Maybe if Criterion comes to their senses they'll actually do something to let us know.
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