Criterion Announces New Streaming Service To Replace FilmStruck: Become a Charter Subscriber Today

Late last month, Turn­er and Warn­er Bros. Dig­i­tal Net­works announced–much to the cha­grin of cinephiles–that it planned to close Film­struck, a stream­ing ser­vice that spe­cial­ized in art­house and clas­sic films. Fans and celebrities–from Christo­pher Nolan to Guiller­mo del Toro–quickly got behind a peti­tion to save the stream­ing ser­vice. And today their wish came true, more or less.

The Cri­te­ri­on Col­lec­tion and Warn­er­Me­dia just issued a press release, declar­ing that “the Cri­te­ri­on Chan­nel will launch as a free-stand­ing stream­ing ser­vice” in the spring of 2019. This will effec­tive­ly allow the Cri­te­ri­on Chan­nel to “pick up where Film­Struck left off, with the­mat­ic pro­gram­ming, reg­u­lar film­mak­er spot­lights, and actor ret­ro­spec­tives, fea­tur­ing major clas­sics and hard-to-find dis­cov­er­ies from Hol­ly­wood and around the world, com­plete with spe­cial fea­tures like com­men­taries, behind-the-scenes footage and orig­i­nal doc­u­men­taries.”


If you want to demon­strate your appre­ci­a­tion and sup­port, you can become a Char­ter Sub­scriber and gain the fol­low­ing ben­e­fits:

  • 30-day free tri­al.
  • reduced sub­scrip­tion fee for as long as you keep your sub­scrip­tion active. The reg­u­lar fee will be $10.99 a month or $100 a year, but as a Char­ter Sub­scriber you’ll pay $9.99 a month or $89.99 a year.
  • Concierge cus­tomer ser­vice from the Cri­te­ri­on Col­lec­tion, includ­ing a cus­tomer ID and a spe­cial e‑mail address.
  • hol­i­day gift-cer­tifi­cate present, for use on the Cri­te­ri­on Col­lec­tion web­site.
  • Char­ter Sub­scriber mem­ber­ship card.
  • The sat­is­fac­tion of know­ing you’re keep­ing the best of film alive and avail­able.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

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