Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection are set to launch their first subscription video-on-demand service on October 19th with ‘FilmStruck,’ and this service is swinging big in order to fill the streaming arthouse, indie, foreign and cult film niche.
There will be three pricing packages – an entry-level service at $6.99 per month, FilmStruck + The Criterion Channel at $10.99 per month, and an annual subscription version of the latter for $99 per year.
The basic package gets you FilmStruck’s rotating selection of films from such indie studios as Janus Films, Flicker Alley, Icarus Films, Kino, Milestone, Zeitgeist, Film Movement, Global Lens, First Run Features, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Shout Factory, along with movies from major studios including Warner Bros. and MGM.
The Criterion Channel package has all that plus unlimited access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of films and special features, along with exclusive original programming. That section of the service won’t kick off until November 11th.
FilmStruck’s library will feature over 70 fully curated and constantly refreshed programming themes including country and director-centric collections, along with such as exclusive bonus content as hosted introductions, originally produced pieces, interviews and rare footage.
While Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime have captured the SVOD major channels, the tailored arthouse film buff niche hasn’t yet locked in a definitive player despite attempts by the likes of Fandor, MUBI and Tribeca Shortlist. Having just the Criterion library alone, something that Hulu has incorporated a portion of but will have to delete the day this service goes live, is enough to give this a major edge already.
More information is available at FilmStruck.com.