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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. Cranston37

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    No, I wasn't trying to get that deep with it. My initial comments were referring to just the app, not the business behind it (the need to scrap the original app then rebuild essentially the same thing, losing revenue and subscribers in the process).

    My point was only meant to be that on an app level I wish they had been able to rename the app The Criterion Channel, then keep going uninterrupted...
     
  2. Robert Crawford

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    I would think they tried as it would be more cost effective for their business, but as I stated previously, circumstances probably prevented that from happening. Anyhow, I get your point!
     
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    Just a word of caution per Criterion. You have to create your account prior to April 8th.

     
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    Will someone kindly post here once the new Criterion app is available on the Amazon Fire Stick?

    Much appreciated. :)
     
  6. dpippel

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    There's no app available for ANY platform right now AFAIK. You have to sign up and watch "movies of the week" on their website.
     
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    Until next week.
     
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    Yes, that's what I meant. The apps aren't being released until April 8th.
     
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    It's so weird too. You can buy your subscription without ever setting a password. I just went back and 'reset' a password I never set to make sure my account was set right before the 8th.
     
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    I finally got around to do likewise as well.

    Noticed they actually have John Woo's Last Hurrah of Chivalry(!) running right now. Really didn't expect that... but it surely makes me happy if the transfer lives upto Criterion rep -- and if this means we might soon get it along w/ others like it on disc... or at least good quality streaming...

    Too bad there's no (Roku) app yet though... but maybe I'll try hooking up my laptop for this one... unless it'll still be available when the app becomes ready...

    Also like Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but already bought the Criterion boxset containing that...

    Cheers!

    _Man_
     
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    That musta been added last night on the Wednesday reset. Last week was Baron Munchhausen.
     
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    I set up my subscription earlier today. I can't wait until April 8th when the apps launch on Roku and AppleTV.
     
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    I have a slight inclination to get in on this early charter subscription, however, I'm not sure exactly what I'm subscribing to since there is no list of content right now. It feels like I'm making a bet on an unknown commodity. This cannot be giving access to their entire catalog all at once since that would cut into their disc sales so I'm just not sure exactly what I'd be paying $10 (or $7.49 if I pay annually) a month for. For example, I know Criterion has most of the Wes Anderson films, but I certainly am not expecting that all of them will be available every month 24 hours a day. Or will they?

    Also, it sounds like whatever payment schedule you choose, monthly or yearly, you're locked in to that for the entirety of your charter subscription. The statement of "if you switch your billing frequency on or after April 8, your subscription rate will automatically update to the prevailing cost at the time you switch" clearly communicates that if at any time you decide to change from monthly to yearly or yearly to monthly you will lose your locked-in charter subscription status. So choose wisely... :ph34r:

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    I'm going to ruminate on this over the weekend!
     
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    Cranston37

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    Signing up now wouldn't be a bet at all since you really have until May 8th to make up your mind. Charter members get a 30 day free trial, so sign up now, lock in the charter price, and if you don't like what you see just cancel before you get your first charge on May 8th.

    Also, their site says "Films in the permanent streaming library will be continuously available to all Criterion Channel subscribers at all times. Films licensed specifically for featured thematic programming may be available for shorter periods, but will be available for a minimum of ninety days."

    A list of launch day thematic programming can be found here:

    https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/6253-the-criterion-channel-announces-launch-lineup

    To me, the yearly charter plan is a no-brainer. With the 30 day free trial, the first year is basically $89.99 for 13 months. That's $6.92/month. I paid that for one meal at McDonald's this morning...

    2B37FCF5-1B16-464B-A040-5D661C35045F.

    Look at it this way, too: subscribing outside the charter period on a monthly plan is $131.88 a year vs. the charter yearly plan of $89.99. That's $41.89 in savings EVERY YEAR!
     
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    April Calendar is up on their website.
    https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/6253-the-criterion-channel-announces-launch-lineup

    Films in the permanent streaming library will be continuously available to all Criterion Channel subscribers at all times, regardless of whether they are being spotlighted in thematic programming. Films licensed specifically for featured thematic programming may be available for shorter periods, but all films will be available for a minimum of ninety days unless otherwise noted.
     
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    Did I write it in Japanese? ;)
     
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    Same here!;)
     
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    Tried watching Last Hurrah for Chivalry last night. Very disappointing... the video stream kept failing and/or getting stuck many times (and repeatedly drop to extremely low PQ... like it's 200x160p or something)... Tried both MS Edge and Google Chrome -- Edge was worse, but Chrome faired not much better. Finally gave up ~30min into the flick.

    I hope the upcoming official app version works w/out problems... because that's no way for a Criterion branded service to (not) work...

    _Man_
     
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    You could be fair, though, and at least mention that could have been caused by factors that have nothing to do with Criterion...
     
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    I just learned about this channel a few minutes ago! :D

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