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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!

44 comments

  • 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 Matthew G
      November 29, 2016
      03:33 PM

      What are examples of movies they released previously to bring in young viewers?
  • 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 Cathy Earnshaw
      November 29, 2016
      04:44 PM

      I'm 23 and I also love TCM and Old Hollywood; that is not a fandom limited to Baby Boomers. Also what's supposed to pull in young viewers? Most fellow young people who love Criterion such as myself that I know of are mostly into art films and old movies. CC's been releasing contemporary movies as well as older ones.
  • 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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    • By Cezary_C
      December 30, 2016
      10:05 AM

      I believe that FilmStruck will be available on Roku and chromecast, sometime in the next couple of months. It's already on the amazon fire stick, too.
  • By Mark
    December 09, 2016
    09:54 PM

    Need to get to criterion via Roku. I don t care if it is provided by Hulu or by filmstruck, as long as it works on my Roku.
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  • By Etien
    December 13, 2016
    08:51 AM

    I'm very disappointed that you left Hulu. I will miss watching your film collection. I will, however not be paying for a new streaming service just to watch them. Particularly with all the reports of how poorly it is run. I wish you would have thought this through and thought of your customers.
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    • By Jacquelyne D.
      December 25, 2016
      08:45 PM

      Thank you! The same for me.
  • By Th c.
    December 13, 2016
    10:43 AM

    Bye, you really make it hard for us to keep things ligit. We have tried to but you money grubbing fools try to pick oiur pockets at every turn. Oh well, back to the pirate sights
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    • By Cezary_C
      December 30, 2016
      10:33 AM

      Criterion is trying to pick your pockets at every turn, so you'll just view pirated copies of their movies and let the rest of us pay for the work that goes into the releases. Keep your pockets lined and let others foot the bill for the movies you enjoy.
  • By James K.
    December 13, 2016
    02:16 PM

    Stop complaining and buy the DVDs. Problem solved.
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  • By Sena
    December 18, 2016
    04:02 PM

    "On the Criterion Channel, our entire streaming library of films and special features will be available to premium subscribers all the time" - I don't want to be patronizing... However, people complaining about the entire Criterion library not being available didn't get hosed by the Criterion/Filmstruck at all. If you look at the fine print instead of dropping 99 bucks for the hell of it and bitching like a little bitch...it says "OUR ENTIRE STREAMING LIBRARY OF FILMS" it never says or eludes to "Our entire library". That being said it sucks you can't watch it on a TV yet. (And Fuck Bill Hader)
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  • By Jose Romero
    December 19, 2016
    01:29 PM

    Why arent any of the new releases on Filmstruck?
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  • By Jacquelyne D.
    December 25, 2016
    08:44 PM

    I found out about this Christmas when I had planned to show some Criterion films... It's difficult not to let loose a stream of expletives! It just shows that is not the love of cinema that matters but the love of money. Connards
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  • By Chris Maddox
    December 26, 2016
    12:59 AM

    Very disappointed Criterion left Hulu. Your association with them was the primary reason I subscribed with them and since Film Struck is not available on my streaming service and I have no desire to view films on my laptop I will not be signing up. You have fouled your own nest by not thinking of your customers.
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  • By Brenda D.
    December 26, 2016
    02:04 PM

    When will Filmstruck be available in Canada? Neither Netflix nor Amazon Prime Video have many classics in their library. I tried Mubi and Acorn, but didn't find the foreign or classic films I was looking for there either. When will the creator and distributors wake up and realise that we're not ever going back to cable and we don't want national boundaries interfering with what we want to watch?
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  • By Zac Rittenhouse
    December 26, 2016
    05:20 PM

    And still leaving Canadians out.
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  • 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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