FilmStruck is a recently developed streaming service launching on October 19, which has been specifically designed for movie buffs. FilmStruck was created by the Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies, originally partnered with Hulu, and will contain a huge selection of films, and offer a premium version, to provide an assortment of films that do not disappear and are tailored to the individual consumer.
At $6.99 a month for a subscription, FilmStruck will offer both hard-to-find and critically acclaimed classic films, and will be constantly updating and adding to their selection. However, at $10.99 a month, subscribers will have access to FilmStruck in addition to The Criterion Collection, which is a premium subscription that will provide a range of films including classics, short films, special editions of beloved movies, and titles that have never been available for home video. The Criterion Collection is devoted to bringing in additional content and keeping everything updated for every night of the week. Therefore, a subscription to The Criterion Collection will include access to director profiles, channel-exclusive content, master classes, guest-curated series, and a rotation to ensure that every night of the week there will be something new for its subscriber. The service will also include hosted introductions from film critics, actors and others, including actor Bill Hader, and film reporter, critic, and TV host Alicia Malone. The service will have different themes that change each week, such as the Beauty of Italy, which will showcase movies that are set in Italy, and Cinema Passport, which will feature work of countries that have historical film culture.
Creators of FilmStruck and The Criterion Channel were initially partnered with Hulu, however their library will be disconnected from Hulu on November 11, and FilmStruck will become their sole streaming device. Many subscribers to Hulu were paying for the Criterion Collection’s recommendations of overlooked noirs, classic titles, arthouse movies, and popular blockbuster features, and clearly expanding their knowledge of film constantly. This new service will definitely appeal to anyone who subscribed to Hulu for their Criterion Collection, and those users are encouraged to head over to FilmStruck and look at the selection. The Criterion Collection will constantly update and alter their range of products to cater to each individual user’s preferences.
FilmStruck’s library will include Janus Films, Flicker Alley, Icarus Films, Kino, Milestone, Zeitgeist, Film Movement, Global Lens, First Run Features, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Shout Factory, as well as releases from major studios led by Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). As the product range is so wide, users will be able to navigate by categories, including The Beauty of Italy, Contemporary Israeli Cinema, Directed by Mike Leigh, Early Kubrick, The Masters, Political Documentaries, and World Discoveries.
FilmStruck and the Criterion Channel will be available for Amazon Fire TV, web iOS, and Android devices as soon as it launches. It will be available for Apple TV and other platforms shortly after. The service will also offer a 14-day free trial membership, and an annual subscription to FilmStruck and The Criterion Channel is reduced to $99.