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Coming Soon: TCM Presents Filmstruck


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TCM's parent company announced today the development of a new streaming service called FilmStruck. This new subscription, on-demand service is the result of a collaborative effort between Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection.

 

Scheduled to launch in fall 2016, FilmStruck will be the official streaming service of the Criterion Collection's impressive North American library. This effort is also a sign of TCM's ongoing strategy to expand beyond the boundaries of traditional cable television and engage viewers in new and innovative ways.

 

You can find out more by heading to: http://filmstruck.com/.

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I had a feeling something like this may have been in the works. I wonder what this will mean for TCM Imports? They draw a majority of their titles from the Criterion catalog. Will they use TCM Imports to attract subscribers, or the more likely option, less Criterion titles will be made available for TCM? Why give away for free what you're asking other people to pay for? I was also under the impression that Criterion had a deal for streaming rights with Hulu. Is that over, or will it soon be?

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I had a feeling something like this may have been in the works. I wonder what this will mean for TCM Imports? They draw a majority of their titles from the Criterion catalog. Will they use TCM Imports to attract subscribers, or the more likely option, less Criterion titles will be made available for TCM? Why give away for free what you're asking other people to pay for? I was also under the impression that Criterion had a deal for streaming rights with Hulu. Is that over, or will it soon be?

 

I don't know about any deal Criterion had with Hulu, but The New York Times reports that FilmStruck "will be the exclusive streaming destination for Criterion Collection..." (via http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/27/movies/tcm-and-criterion-to-offerstreaming-service-filmstruck.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0). Because the streaming service will be managed in part by TCM, I would assume that part of the deal would include Turner obtaining the broadcast rights to Criterion Collection titles.

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Here's a statement from Criterion president, Peter Becker:

 

 

Night after night, for more than twenty years, the programming team at Turner Classic Movies has been exploring the world of film in a smart, adventurous way. They have stuck to their mission, consistently shining a light on the classics, delighting us with their themes, surprising us with their discoveries, and earning our trust. So when they asked us to team up with them to launch FilmStruck, a new subscription streaming service designed for people who love independent, art-house, and international cinema, we were honored and thrilled. Combining Turner’s programming experience with Criterion’s library of films and supplemental content made all the sense in the world.

FilmStruck will be launching this fall on desktop and mobile devices, and internet-connected television platforms. A service built from the start with nothing but movies in mind, it will feature films from many major studios and independent distributors alongside a broad and constantly rotating selection of Criterion films, complete with the commentaries and rich supplemental content that Criterion viewers have come to expect. Carefully curated and always changing, it should be a cinema lover’s dream.

FilmStruck subscribers will also be eligible to sign up for the Criterion Channel, a premium service that will be all Criterion’s own. Once we’re up and running, the Criterion Channel will not only offer continual access to our library of more than 1,100 films, along with their special features, it will also give us the chance to approach the Criterion mission in a whole new way. After thirty years of focusing exclusively on one film or cycle of films at a time, we will now be able to feature a steady stream of original content that runs across filmographies, genres, time periods, and themes. We’ll reach outside our library to include films from major studios and independent rights holders. We’ll tap into our community of filmmakers and experts to act as guest curators and highlight archival discoveries not available on disc or anywhere else. It won’t replace our Blu-rays, but it will definitely add a new dimension to the Criterion experience.

Sometimes it feels like Criterion lives at a crossroads of classic and contemporary cinema. New filmmakers we admire are passing through our offices all the time, mostly drawn by their respect for the classic filmmakers whose work we are privileged to attend to. One of the most exciting things about the Criterion Channel is that it will give us a chance to capture that energy for our audience, to champion and show more films by filmmakers working today, not just the few we have rights to publish on disc. We’ll bring you carefully selected contemporary films that you might not find anywhere else, including streaming premieres, and we’ll invite those filmmakers to champion the classics they love, as they have been doing on our top-ten lists for years—but now the movies will be available for subscribers to watch right on our channel.

The Criterion offering on Hulu will still be available into the month of November, but after that, FilmStruck and the Criterion Channel will be our exclusive streaming home. Feel free to let us know in the comments what you most want from our new streaming service, and be sure to visit FilmStruck.com to sign up for updates and a free trial offer as soon as the the service launches. It’s going to be an exciting new adventure for Criterion, and we hope you’ll make the journey with us.

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I don't know about any deal Criterion had with Hulu, but The New York Times reports that FilmStruck "will be the exclusive streaming destination for Criterion Collection..." (via http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/27/movies/tcm-and-criterion-to-offerstreaming-service-filmstruck.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0). Because the streaming service will be managed in part by TCM, I would assume that part of the deal would include Turner obtaining the broadcast rights to Criterion Collection titles.

 

 

I hope your assumption is correct.

I would love to see HOWARDS END air on TCM again. 

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