Criterion and Chill? New Streaming Service to Offer Nothing but the Classics.

FilmStruck is Netflix for anyone who took Film Studies 101

April 27, 2016 9:00 am

Netflix has long since established itself as the premier streaming service for binging on House of Cards or “chilling” with a friend, but it’s not really the place to go for classics, art-house pics or foreign esoterica.

And while other subscription video services (Amazon, Hulu) have tried to capitalize on the on-demand giant’s Achilles’ Heel, a new competitor plans to make the cinephilia set its bread and butter.

Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection are teaming up to launch FilmStruck, “a new subscription streaming service designed for people who love independent, art-house and international cinema” that’s being “built from the start with nothing but movies in mind.”

Launching this fall, the ad-free service will be the exclusive streaming destination for the Criterion Collection (which is currently on Hulu after departing Netflix in 2011) and provide access to films like Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, Fellini’s La Dolce Vita or the Coen Bros’ Blood Simple, as well as offer supplemental content like commentary on films and filmmakers.

Pricing details are still being determined, but the service will offer a free trial after launching.

Hope you like subtitles.

Image via Cineriz and Pathé Consortium Cinéma

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