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  1. Well, the announcement states explicitly that "Criterion Channel will be picking up where the old service left off, programming director spotlights and actor retrospectives featuring major Hollywood and international classics and hard-to-find discoveries from around the world, complete with special features like commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and original documentaries" — so those same Director spotlights and actor retrospectives with major Hollywood films will be part of the mix.
  2. well, in this case the petition on Change.org did in fact help get the ball rolling, according to this article in Hollywood Reporter: "When Turner and Warner Bros Digital Networks revealed the plan to shutter FilmStruck on Oct. 26, many filmmakers took to Twitter to express their dismay and signed a “Keep FilmStruck Alive” Change.org petition, currently at more than 55,000 signatures. Edgar Wright did too, but he also emailed Steven Spielberg, for whom he had co-written the Adventures of Tintin screenplay." I admit, I am equally skeptical about online petitions; I always tell peo
  3. Here is an article that details what went on behind the scenes to rescue the idea: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/filmstruck-campaign-save-classic-movie-service-gets-small-victory-1162149?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR+Breaking+News_now_2018-11-16+12%3A48%3A00_ehayden&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_breakingnews&fbclid=IwAR1DuwRqBLzFpxUpmB0Bs2TFiwIzL7qhbtjtTJAJEjnoCwlH0pKF2YR5lag
  4. Yes, this is from their announcement: "The Criterion Channel will be picking up where the old service left off, programming director spotlights and actor retrospectives featuring major Hollywood and international classics and hard-to-find discoveries from around the world, complete with special features like commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and original documentaries. We will continue with our guest programmer series, Adventures in Moviegoing. Our regular series like Art-House America, Split Screen, and Meet the Filmmakers, and our Ten Minutes or Less section will all live on, along
  5. Heh, heh . . . just saw your original post Lawrence. I was so excited to post the news I didn't bother to check previous posts. But this is news worth repeating, so let's spread the word wherever and whenever we can. 🤓👍
  6. Good news for all you FilmStruck fans and subscribers. Criterion Channel has just announced its intention to grab the baton and run with it by offering pretty much the same service, starting in Spring 2019: "The Criterion Channel will be picking up where the old service left off, programming director spotlights and actor retrospectives featuring major Hollywood and international classics and hard-to-find discoveries from around the world, complete with special features like commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and original documentaries. We will continue with our guest program
  7. Well, Good News. Criterion has just announced that it will be launching a similar version of FilmStruck/Criterion with its own Criterion Channel, and it is asking all of us who were subscribing to FS/C to join them and also spread the word. I am greatly relieved! Here is the link to the announcement and you can sign up ahead of time: https://www.criterion.com/channel
  8. First of all, this is not about the lack of sufficient patronage to provide "support" — WarnerMedia never claimed to have done this as a money saving move. Second, there are in fact enough serious cinephiles to make it viable, and we should not assume that mass market entertainment cannot make room for a few niche services, if the relation is handled smartly. TCM itself is evidence of that. Just as TCM is a viable cable enterprise, FilmStruck was proving to be a viable streaming enterprise. And to argue that "all that matters" is that the dreck stays in business while FS goes out, as if th
  9. I have come across a couple good articles that explain the real loss this represents, and the best is Joanna Scutts' piece in Slate: "The strangled corporate newspeak of the memo announcing the closure, with its reference to the “learnings” to be gleaned from the FilmStruck experiment, engenders the same kind of helpless rage as the tortured syntax of Donald Trump’s tweets—it’s so painfully revealing of the kind of grandiose carelessness that is the hallmark of power right now. As Warner gears up to face down Disney with its direct-to-consumer streaming service, launching next year, it
  10. On the contrary, the fee for combined viewing of FilmStruck and the Criterion Channel was a modest $10.99, and for those of us who appreciate the incredible library of films, which included not just Classic Hollywood but much much more, this was the solution to our cinematic needs, a solution like no other, because it did not try to be like every other streaming channel. Though Warner and AT&T refer to it as a "niche service," it was not confined, content-wise, to any one genre or niche; it offered the very best of film art, which is not a marginal thing, but the very core of this modern
  11. But FilmStruck is not just for viewing on little screens. In fact, I doubt any of us do so. You can watch the films on your television, just as you do with TCM and WatchTCM. It could be that confusion over the advantages of streaming channels was one factor in FilmStruck's inability to acquire more subscribers. That and the lack of any strong marketing campaign. It's a real shame because FS provides not only a great library of films but all the extras to go with it. The presentation and curation are top notch. This is a film lover's dream, and I very much doubt that any other company wi
  12. well now we know what WarnerMedia was planning all along: Warner's original statement, quoted by LawrenceA at the head of this thread, was vague: AT&T has revealed that it plans to unveil a direct-to-consumer streaming video service featuring WarnerMedia’s films and TV series by the end of next year. The aim is to bring a direct competitor to VOD giants like Netflix, Disney and Amazon, one that includes Warners’ portfolio – everything from HBO through Turner and Warner Brothers properties (including their vast film and TV libraries) with the company planning to forgo future lic
  13. So now I'm really ****. Not only are they cutting me off, they didn't give me a t-shirt either! Something to remember them by would have been a small consolation ? Btw, scsu1975, love the profile pic.
  14. It turns out that this is all a part of the nefarious attempt by AT&T "to not seem like a giant monopolistic media company sucking at the teet of the American public by relying on subsidies and overpriced data plans to stay afloat," as one writer on Gizmodo put it. In the Variety article announcing the move, they state that "The move appeared to be the latest by WarnerMedia, under AT&T’s ownership, to streamline operations by cutting niche-oriented business ventures. Two sources familiar with the decision said the plan to kill FilmStruck was made prior to AT&T’s closing the Time W
  15. Well this is truly a bummer. Today I found a message in my inbox from Criterion and the FilmStruck channel that "Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks announced plans to shut down FilmStruck," which will stop streaming on November 29. For the cinephiles among us this has got to be a terrible blow. Despite all the streaming options, there is nothing quite like FilmStruck, and even the most interesting among them, such as Fandor, do not offer anything as well done as FilmStruck, which is a great mix of classic Hollywood, Art House, global cinema, the entire Criterion collection, history an
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