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Criterion Announces New Stand-Alone Streaming Service: The Criterion Channel

Discussion in 'Streaming and Digital Media' started by dpippel, Nov 16, 2018.

  1. Worth

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    I got the same thing via Roku the other day. I was really looking forward to this service, but I'm pretty disappointed so far. Apple TV stutters (same with iPad and iPhone), Roku won't play straight through without interruption, and it doesn't let me connect my laptop via HDMI because of stupid copy protection.
     
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    Yeah I just ended up unsubscribing during the free period. I kept having issues with the connection. Netflix and Amazon Prime Movies stream flawlessly from the same setup so I know it's not on my end. Unfortunate because the content is amazing.
     
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    Scott Merryfield

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    That has been my issue, too -- more things to watch than I have time for, even now that I am retired. The Criterion Channel intrigued me, but I did not sign up as a charter member. The trial period fell when were going to be spending most of April in South Carolina, so I knew I wouldn't watch it hardly at all during that trial period. I have a few discs and a bunch of digital content I haven't watched yet, and other things going on in my life that take up time, too -- golf, travel, assisting my elderly parents, etc.

    I only pay for two streaming subscriptions, and one of those is Amazon Prime, which I consider more than just a video subscription service (free shipping, music streaming, etc.). I also subscribe to NHL.tv during the hockey season so I can watch my favorite team -- the out of market Montreal Canadiens. I could see maybe adding one more rotating streaming service in the future if there are programs we really want to see -- for example, I will probably add HBO Now for a month to catch the final season of Game of Thrones once we finish re-watching the earlier seasons (we are on Season 5 right now). The Criterion Channel could be one of those services I rotate in for a month or two.
     
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    My charter membership is partly a vote of confidence in the idea of The Criterion Channel - and what it could (should) be, given enough time and tinkering. Ideally everything would be smooth out of the gate, but many streaming services don’t hit the ground running. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, HBO Now had a prolonged debut plagued with sub-par video and device incompatibility, but found its footing eventually.

    The addition of Chromecast reinvigorated my enthusiasm. As for not getting around to watching the films, that’s an issue I have with all streaming services, but considering the content on TCC, I have fewer good excuses.

    For the record, I’m not having as many issues with buffering that some others seem to have. If I did, i.e. if the movies were unwatchable, I would probably reconsider my “high-minded” membership. After a year, I’ll take a look at the service and do another appraisal.
     
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    Problem: Unable to switch on subtitles if I'm watching a film w/commentary.
    • Amazon Fire Stick
    • Film: In a Lonely Place
    • Commentary: Dana Polan
    I'm guessing subtitles are not available when watching w/commentary track, but any help appreciated. :)
     
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    Criterion has made a big upgrade to the Criterion Channel website, as they now list all films available. I went through about half of them, and added a few dozen to my list.

    Streaming was flawless for the last film I watched (David Lean's Great Expectations), so hopefully things will improve as the service matures.
     
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    Chromecast support is broken again. The app wasn't updated as far as I can tell, and the cast icon is still there, but many people on forums (including myself) can no longer stream movies. After connecting and tapping play, the movie appears to load for a second on the TV, but then the app disconnects from casting almost immediately and the following message appears in the app: "Could not play video over Chromecast" - an error I've not seen before.

    This is pretty discouraging, I was looking forward to parking myself in front of the TV and continuing some of the collections. I've written their support team and update this thread if I hear anything back.
     
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    Thanks Steve. I thought I was going crazy. I finally signed up last week when I read that the Chromecast issue had been addressed. Watched a few shorts just fine.

    Then I spent a few days in the hospital while my wife had a knee replaced and couldnt watch on my phone because of playback not supported error. And when I got back home yesterday I couldnt Chromecast.

    Its frustrating, but i was still in my free trial, so im not out any money. I emailed them and put in my cancellation comments that I really want to support them, and plan to resubscribe if they can figure this out, I simply cant pay for something I cant use right now.

    The funny thing is I know i can buy a pretty inexpensive roku or a firestick for the same price as a blu ray from Twilight Time. But psychologically its the principle of the matter. I already have a Chromecast and dont want to buy a new device just to watch their channel.

    I can wait a few months, their movies will still be there.
     
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    I just heard back from their customer support. They informed me they had just rolled out a server side fix for this issue, and right now it's working for me again (!). I am using a Chromecast Ultra with Android 9 (Kernel 4). They also provided a list of "tips" for people who still don't have success. Here's what they sent me:
    • Log out then log back in
    • Force quit or close the app
    • Restart your device
    • Exit the app, turn your device’s WiFi off then on, and open the app again
    • Check if there is an update for the app (via the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store)
    • Uninstall the app and download a fresh copy
    • Make sure your device's OS version is compatible with our app. For iOS, the OS version must be 10.0 or higher. For Android, it must be 4.3 or higher
    I hope this is helpful for people.
     
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    My problem is that I keep having to log back into the service. This gets old. It happens if I do not access the channel for more than one day.
     
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    October Coming Attractions

    Coming Attractions: The Criterion Channel’s October 2019 Lineup
    INSIDE CRITERION / ON THE CHANNEL — SEP 27, 2019

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    Cat People
    We’re leaning into our fears this October with a selection of haunting masterpieces by producer Val Lewton, goretastic cult favorites from Herschell Gordon Lewis, Byron Haskin’s pulpy sci-fi and film noir classics, and other spooky-surrealist picks from David Lynch, Ana Lily Amirpour, Guillermo del Toro, and more. Plus: a tribute to independent film icon Shirley Clarke, the groundbreaking documentaries of Errol Morris, Gillo Pontecorvo’s revolutionary cinema, and a trip to Tuscon in the latest episode of Art-House America.

    If you haven’t signed up yet, head to CriterionChannel.com and get a 14-day free trial!

    Now, get into the spirits with our October programming!

    * indicates programming available only in the U.S.

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
    Short + Feature: American Gothic
    Möbius and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
    Featuring an introduction by Möbius director Sam Kuhn
    The kids aren’t all right in these two surreal mysteries set in the misty environs of the Pacific Northwest.

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
    Directed by Shirley Clarke
    Featuring Rome Is Burning, a 1970 profile of Clarke with appearances by Yoko Ono and Jacques Rivette
    Radical counter-cinema landmarks from a true visionary who synthesized jazz, modern dance, and abstract expressionism into a dynamic vérité style that put her at the forefront of the American independent film scene of the fifties and sixties. Features include: The Connection (1961), Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World (1963), Portrait of Jason (1967), Ornette: Made in America (1985). Shorts include: Dance in the Sun (1953), In Paris Parks (1954), Bullfight (1955), A Moment in Love (1956), Brussels Film Loops/Gestures/World Kitchen (Shirley Clarke and D. A. Pennebaker, 1957), Bridges-Go-Round 1 (1958), Bridges-Go-Round 2 (1958), Skyscraper (Shirley Clarke and Willard Van Dyke, 1960), A Scary Time (Shirley Clarke and Robert Hughes, 1960), Christopher and Me (Richard Leacock, 1960), Butterfly (1967), 24 Frames Per Second (1977), Four Journeys into Mystic Time: Initiation (1978), Four Journeys into Mystic Time: Trans (1978), Four Journeys into Mystic Time: One-Two-Three (1978), Four Journeys into Mystic Time: Mysterium (1978), Savage/Love (1981), Tongues (1982)

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
    From the Archive: Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    Featuring a laserdisc commentary by film scholar Maurice Yacowar
    Cold War paranoia gives birth to a powerfully allegoric and still-chilling science-fiction classic.

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    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
    Double Feature: Bad Kitty!
    Cat People and The Living Idol
    Killer hellcats are on the prowl in a landmark of psychological terror and a pop-surrealist oddity.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
    Saturday Matinee: The Adventures of Prince Achmed
    A world of enchantment flickers to life through breathtaking shadow play in this animation milestone.

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
    Val Lewton Presents
    Featuring Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows, a 2007 documentary by Kent Jones
    Terror lives in the shadows in the moody masterpieces of maverick producer Val Lewton, who turned our fears of the unseen and the unknown into haunting excursions into existential dread. Featuring: Cat People (Jacques Tourneur, 1942), I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur, 1943), The Ghost Ship (Mark Robson, 1943), The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson, 1943), The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur, 1943), The Curse of the Cat People (Gunther von Frisch and Robert Wise, 1944), Isle of the Dead (Mark Robson, 1945), The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise, 1945), Bedlam (Mark Robson, 1946)

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    MONDAY, OCTOBER 7
    Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945)
    Criterion Collection Edition #966

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8
    Short + Feature: Look What the Cat Dragged In
    Call of Cuteness and House
    Feline frights abound in these two films that turn cats into the stuff of nightmares.

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
    Persepolis
    Featuring a program on the making of the film
    Marjane Satrapi’s defiant, irreverent, supremely moving vision of growing up in a changing Iran.

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
    Three by Byron Haskin
    A master termite-art technician, Byron Haskin brought a prodigious visual imagination and keen intelligence to pulp classics of both science fiction and film noir. Featuring: I Walk Alone (1947), The War of the Worlds (1953), Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
    Double Feature: The Deviant and the Divine
    Freaks and Multiple Maniacs
    Totally twisted shockers from two masters of the perverse, Tod Browning and John Waters.

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    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
    Saturday Matinee: Animation Celebration
    A dazzling array of animation techniques are on display in this eyeball-whirling selection of bite-size wonders, featuring stop-motion monkeys, mischievous chairs, a cosmic reverie, and more!

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
    Art-House America: The Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ
    The latest installment of our ongoing tour of America’s art houses pays a visit to the Loft Cinema in Tucson, Arizona, a vibrant nonprofit theater that has been serving the local community since 1972.

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    MONDAY, OCTOBER 14
    Judex (Georges Franju, 1963)
    Criterion Collection Edition #710

    Three by Jacques Tourneur
    A master craftsman whose shadowy visual palette and staunch humanism shone through B-movie trappings and across genres. Featuring: Cat People (1942), Out of the Past (1947), Stars in My Crown (1950)

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15
    Short + Feature: Bizarre Love Triangles
    Bad at Dancing and Jules and Jim
    With a new introduction by Bad at Dancing director Joanna Arnow
    Three’s a crowd for a millennial throuple and a French New Wave ménage à trois.

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    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16
    La Ciénaga (Lucrecia Martel, 2001)
    Criterion Collection Edition #743

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
    Following (Christopher Nolan, 1999)
    Criterion Collection Edition #638

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    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
    Double Feature: Bad Habits
    Black Narcissus and The Devils
    Sexual frenzy shakes the convents in these hothouse tales of nuns gone mad.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
    Saturday Matinee: The Blob
    Steve McQueen plays a rebel teen who tries to warn his small-town neighbors about an outer-space invader in this cult classic of gooey greatness.

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    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
    Directed by Errol Morris
    Featuring a selection of archival interviews with Morris
    Singular films from the director-detective who redefined the possibilities of nonfiction filmmaking through his idiosyncratic perspective and philosophical insight into the human condition and the elusive nature of truth. Featuring: Gates of Heaven (1978), Vernon, Florida (1981), The Thin Blue Line (1988), A Brief History of Time (1991), Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997), The Fog of War (2003), Tabloid (2010)

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
    The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)
    Criterion Collection Edition #56

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    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
    Short + Feature: Far-Out Fantasies
    Les escargots and Fantastic Planet
    Science-fiction marvels of surrealist invention and psychedelic wonder from director René Laloux and writer-animator Roland Topor.

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
    Frida
    Featuring a new interview with director Julie Taymor
    The bold visions of two singular artists—Frida Kahlo and director Julie Taymor—collide with dazzling results in this vibrant account of the iconic Mexican painter’s turbulent life and awe-inspiring work.

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
    Three by Gillo Pontecorvo
    Featuring Gillo Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth, a 1992 documentary narrated by literary critic Edward Said
    The explosive, fiercely leftist cinema of the Italian firebrand weds revolutionary politics with an equally radical visual style. Featuring: Kapò (1959), The Battle of Algiers (1966), Burn! (1969)

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    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
    Double Feature: Critical Massey
    The Old Dark House and Arsenic and Old Lace
    The inimitable Raymond Massey lends his formidable presence to two macabre classics.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
    Saturday Matinee: Godzilla
    The roaring granddaddy of all monster movies, also a surprisingly humane and melancholy drama, first introduced the beloved international icon of destruction.

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
    Meet the Filmmakers: Herschell Gordon Lewis
    In a 2009 conversation with filmmaker Sean Baker, the late Godfather of Gore proves to be as entertaining and unpretentious as his own movies, dishing on everything from his filmmaking philosophy to perfecting the look of onscreen blood. This latest entry in the Criterion Channel’s Meet the Filmmakers series is accompanied by a goretastic selection of Lewis’s films, featuring: Carving Magic (1959), Blood Feast (1963), Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964), Color Me Blood Red (1965), The Gruesome Twosome (1967), The Wizard of Gore (1970), The Gore Gore Girls (1972), Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (Frank Henenlotter and Jimmy Maslon, 2010)

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    MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
    Observations of Film Art #32: Withholding and Revealing in An Angel at My Table
    Professor Kristin Thompson explores how Jane Campion uses a strategy of concealment and carefully orchestrated reveals to create curiosity, tension, and surprise.

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    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
    Short + Feature: Baseball and Broomsticks
    The Beaning and Häxan
    With a new introduction by The Beaning director Sean McCoy
    Something witchy this way comes in these sinister brews of satanism, black magic, and pseudodocumentary.

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
    Ana Lily Amirpour’s mesmerizing debut feature blends the influences of spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, the Iranian New Wave, and Jim Jarmusch into a truly original blast of shoegazey, black-and-white cool.

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
    The Devil’s Backbone (Guillermo del Toro, 2001)*
    Criterion Collection Edition #666
     
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    Criterion has been working out well after a sketchy roll-out. I've watched 32 films on the service since April.

    The viewing experience has been very stable for me since, say, June, and the transfers have mostly been excellent. One wrinkle they still have to iron out is getting the special features accompanying a film to play properly. I've found that I have to select the item, hit the back button, re-select it, 3-4 times to get an item to be "retrieved" and played.
     
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    I watched The Devils last night, from the running time it appears to be the US cut. Unfortunately, it's a standard def transfer and doesn't hold up well under projection. Looking forward to checking out the Val Lewton's this month.
     
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    WOW! Criterion rocks! A $10 coupon on the way for all their subscribers to use in the store -- even during a sale.
     
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    I got mine yesterday. Sweet! Thanks Criterion!
     
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    How long does it usually take for a movie that's newly been released on a Criterion blu-ray, like Magnificent Obsession, to appear on the service?
     
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    I don't think it really works that way, where it's inevitable that a disc release will make its way to the streaming channel. It depends what rights they have...
     
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