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FilmStruck Shutting Down 11/29/2018

Discussion in 'Streaming and Digital Media' started by dpippel, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. JQuintana

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    It's days are numbered too so hold on tight and cross fingers that your discs don't sit on a shelf and start to have some rot issues and will be unwatchable.
     
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    What a blanking tragedy. There goes all of that great original content like the Criterion extras in it too. Just ok small a service for big old AT&T. Hope this doesn’t mean that TCM will need commercials to survive.
     
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    Physical media is ideal if price is no object. But paying $20-30 for every single thing you want to see is not a viable option for most, especially compared to $10 a month for more than you could possibly watch.
     
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    Why is the service shutting down? Does anyone know?
     
  5. Sam Posten

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    Because it can't earn as much as necessary to keep it going. As a direct result of the dumb idea of every place having their own incompatible storefront, likely.
     
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    In short, corporate greed.
     
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    Just imagine if your only choice was Verizon Wireless! All that and molasses-slow too!
     
  9. dpippel

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    Criterion has just made a major announcement regarding their NEW streaming service, to go live in Spring 2019:

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    NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 16, 2018
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    We are incredibly touched and encouraged by the flood of support we’ve been receiving since the announcement that FilmStruck will be shutting down on November 29, 2018. Our thanks go out to everyone who signed petitions, wrote letters and newspaper articles, and raised your voices to let the world know how much our mission and these movies matter to you.

    Well, if you loved the curated programming we’ve been doing with our friends at FilmStruck, we have good news for you. The Criterion Collection team is going to be carrying on with that mission, launching the Criterion Channel as a freestanding service in spring 2019.

    We’ve been trying to make something a little different for the past two years—a movie lover’s dream streaming service, with smart thematic programming, where the history of cinema can live and breathe, where a new generation of filmmakers and film lovers can explore the classics or revel in rarities, where adventurous cinephiles can champion films that have never gotten their due, and newcomers can easily find guidance from major filmmakers, top scholars, curators, and other experts from all walks of life.
    The Criterion Channel will be picking up where the old service left off, programming director spotlights and actor retrospectives featuring major Hollywood and international classics and hard-to-find discoveries from around the world, complete with special features like commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and original documentaries. We will continue with our guest programmer series, Adventures in Moviegoing. Our regular series like Art-House America, Split Screen, and Meet the Filmmakers, and our Ten Minutes or Less section will all live on, along with Tuesday’s Short + Feature and the Friday Night Double Feature, and of course our monthly fifteen-minute film school, Observations on Film Art.

    Our library will also be available through WarnerMedia’s new consumer platform when it launches late next year, so once both services are live, Criterion fans will have even more ways to find the films they love.

    We will be starting from scratch, with no subscribers, so we will need all the help we can get. The most valuable thing you can do to help now is go to Criterion.com/channel and sign up to be a Charter Subscriber, then tell your friends to sign up too. We need everyone who was a FilmStruck subscriber or who’s been tweeting and signing petitions and writing letters to come out and to sign up for the new service. We can’t do it without you!

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  10. Robert Crawford

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    Our library will also be available through WarnerMedia’s new consumer platform when it launches late next year, so once both services are live, Criterion fans will have even more ways to find the films they love.
     
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    Yes, also great news!
     
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    Excellent news! :rock:
     
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    We'll see, perhaps you pay WarnerMedia a monthly fee and you get everything.
     
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    That would be my guess.
     
  17. Scott Merryfield

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    That still doesn't make it a free streaming service. ;)
     
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    Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose ...
     
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    It's pretty sad when you have to quote Kris Kristofferson.;)
     
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    I think they misinterpreted free standing service as free service.
     

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