TCM And Criterion Presents: FilmStruck, The Movie-Streaming Site For Cinephiles
By Devvon Eubanks
There are already so many television and movie streaming services – Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, and more – but as of this week there's a new contender in the mix, targeted at cinephiles who want something a little more “old school” in their viewing pleasures. Created in collaboration between Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection, “FilmStruck” is a service dedicated to providing classic, hard-to-find films from some of the greatest eras of cinema, such as Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” George Miller’s “Mad Max,” and a myriad of other titles in multiple genres. But the service doesn’t just provide a fix on the historical, as it also offers special features like theatrical trailers, film commentary tracks, and commercial-free viewing.
FilmStruck is currently available for download on desktop and laptop computers, iPhones and iPads with OS versions 9.0 or higher, Android phones and tablets with OS versions 4.4 and higher, and on the Amazon Fire TV service with an OS of 5.0 or higher. Some of the classic films provided by Criterion were originally on Hulu, but with the release of this new service, all of those films are now provided by FilmStruck, making it the one-stop-shop for all exclusive and cult classic movies.
The basic service costs $6.99 per month, which gives the consumer access to all the films provided exclusively by FilmStruck. The next tier costs $10.99 per month, but the consumer gets unlimited access to all FilmStruck movies plus the 1,000+ films through the Criterion Channel, with special original programming. Finally, there is an annual subscription for $99 for yearly access to FilmStruck and the Criterion Channel. But if you want to get a taste of what this service offers, you can sign up for a free 14-day trial at filmstruck.com.