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Criterion Channel to start up in Spring 2019


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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 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 with Tuesday’s Short + Feature and the Friday Night Double Feature, and of course our monthly fifteen-minute film school, Observations on Film Art. . . .

 

We will be starting from scratch, with no subscribers, so we will need all the help we can get. The most valuable thing you can do to help now is go to https://www.criterion.com/channel and sign up to be a Charter Subscriber, then tell your friends to sign up too. We need everyone who was a FilmStruck subscriber or who’s been tweeting and signing petitions and writing letters to come out and to sign up for the new service. We can’t do it without you!"

 

Some of that content will be available as well on the forthcoming WarnerMedia "consumer platform," but you can bet it won't have the same thoughtful curation and options and criterion extras.

 

sign up and spread the word.  Keep the cinematic tradition alive and accessible amidst the morass of mass entertainment! 

 

 

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Any word on whether it'll be the same browser service it's always been, or whether they've learned Filmstruck's advantage of reaching out to the Amazon/AppleTV set-top crowd?


(Which was the one reason I could never watch Filmstruck, when they never got around to that PS4-console streaming app.)

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Gershwin Fan, is your avatar really Rowdy Roddy Piper from They Live? For the same person to express admiration for Mr. Gerswhin and Mr. Piper in one fell sweep is completely embracing all the aspects of high and low culture film has to offer! I salute you!

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I just signed up, and here's the link: https://www.criterion.com

Then I received an email that says: "

Welcome, Charter Subscriber!

Thank you for signing up to become a Criterion Channel Charter Subscriber. We will contact you soon with details about how to create and activate your account. Your charter subscription will not be active until you complete that process.

If you loved the curated programming we’ve been doing with our friends at FilmStruck, you can look forward to us picking up where the old service left off, programming director spotlights and actor retrospectives of 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. And our regular Channel series—the guest programmer program Adventures in Moviegoing, Observations on Film Art, Tuesday’s Short + Feature, Art-House America, and the Friday double bill—will all be back as well.

As a Charter Subscriber, you will receive an extended thirty-day trial period. Once you activate your account, your card will not be charged until the service has been live for thirty days. Your charter subscription benefits, including reduced pricing, will be yours to enjoy for as long as you keep your membership active.

Stay tuned for more information. And in the meantime, share the news with your friends and family, sign up for our newsletter, and follow the Criterion Channel on Twitter at @criterionchannl for updates.

Thanks so much for your support. We can’t do it without you.
The Criterion Collection

 

 

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