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Wednesday, November 02, 2016 The Case for FilmStruck (and Against Netflix)
 It’s not exactly shocking to learn that the selection of movies available for streaming on Netflix has decreased sharply over the past few years – anyone who’s spent any time seeking out quality films, particularly anything of an older vintage, can tell you that for free. But when the cold, hard numbers finally appeared last month, it was still a shock. Streaming blog exstreamist compared the overall title count for September 2016 with estimates (from sources inside the company) of the title count from their volume peak four years ago. They discovered that in that time, Netflix has slashed their streaming library in half, from nearly 11,000 titles in 2012 to the current total of 5,302.
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Wednesday, November 02, 2016 FilmStruck Streaming Service Places a Big Bet on Cinephiles
While the cable industry wonders how many of us will be willing to cut the cord and do without a traditional television package, its online rivals have moved on to a more timely question: How many cords — albeit invisible, cheaper cords — will we be willing to pay for at once?
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Wednesday, November 02, 2016 Turner Classic Movies Launched FilmStruck Today, Making Every Cinephile’s Dreams Come True
The long awaited film streaming site FilmStruck made its long-awaited debut today, announcing itself as the go-to site for fans of classic films. The big news with FilmStruck is that it’s a joint venture between Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection, the standard for classic film curation. Criterion pulled their collection from Hulu, their previous streaming home, in order to offer their full streaming library on FilmStruck, giving the new site its premium cachet.
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Wednesday, November 02, 2016 Turner Classic Movies and Criterion Collection launch streaming service for classic film fans
Through FilmStruck, a film streaming service that launches Nov. 1, owners Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection are making a play to appeal to a group of devoted film fans, underserved by Netflix or Hulu, who want to see critically acclaimed films on demand.
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Wednesday, November 02, 2016 New streaming service from TCM and Criterion will focus on classic movies
Classic movie lovers, rejoice! Thanks to FilmStruck, you can now stream your favorite classic and indie films at the touch of a button.
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Wednesday, November 02, 2016 FilmStruck is Here! Five Great Films To Watch on Day One of Criterion and Turner Classic Movies’ New Streaming Service
Earlier this year, it was announced that Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection — perhaps the two most trusted names in the distribution and exhibition of important classic and contemporary cinema — would be joining forces to create a streaming service dedicated to sharing their combined library with cinephiles around the world. For months, it sounded too good to be true. Today, it suddenly became as real as the screen in front of your face.
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Wednesday, November 02, 2016 How Criterion and Turner Classic Movies Hope to Crack the Streaming Business With FilmStruck
If you build it, will they come? That’s the question that newly launched Filmstruck must face. The Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies’ launch of the new streaming service on Tuesday represents one of the most ambitious undertakings yet in the world of subscription video-on-demand entertainment. (Check out our list of five great films available on the platform now.)
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Friday, October 14, 2016 Wall Street Journal – A Netflix for Film Geeks?
“There should never be a day of the year when you can’t watch ‘L’Avventura,’” says Peter Becker, president of the Criterion Collection, describing the new streaming service the company is co-launching with Turner Classic Movies. Debuting Oct. 19, FilmStruck aims to be a destination for film freaks who still feel deprived in a world where movies seem to be spewing from all directions. It combines the movie-presenting know-how of TCM, the cable TV channel that specializes in Hollywood classics, and Criterion, which since 1984 has been releasing collectible DVDs and Blu-rays of foreign and vintage films—like “L’Avventura,” the glamorous 1960 Italian classic, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. --
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Friday, October 14, 2016 AP The Big Story - FilmStruck aims to bring the art house into your living room
Does this sound familiar? You want to stream a movie and end up spending most of your time clicking through a disorganized sea of options, most of which aren't especially good, anyhow. FilmStruck, a new subscription streaming service to launch Wednesday by Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection hopes to fill what's been a giant void in the supposedly glorious age of streaming. The plentiful options on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu (where Criterion was previously housed) have been terrific for all kinds of watching, just not great cinema.
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Thursday, October 06, 2016 USA Today – Turner set to launch FilmStruck streaming service
Lovers of movie classics, foreign films and arthouse movies may need to make some room in their streaming budget for FilmStruck. The new subscription Net-delivered service, due to launch Oct. 19, is developed by Turner Classic Movies with an assist from the Criterion Collection. Viewers can subscribe to one of two tiers: $6.99 monthly for FilmStruck's hundreds of movies or $10.99 monthly (or $99 annually) for FilmStruck plus the Criterion Channel, which adds 1,000 or so films from its library including the work of Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini andAkira Kurosawa. (Note: You can test-drive the service with a 14-day free trial.)
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Thursday, October 06, 2016 FilmStruck To Launch Oct. 19
Turner’s New Subscription Service Features the Largest Streaming Library of Contemporary & Classic Arthouse, Indie, Foreign & Cult Films
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Thursday, October 06, 2016 Nerdist – TCM AND CRITERION STREAMING SERVICE FILMSTRUCK LAUNCHING OCTOBER 19
Turner Classic Movies has partnered with the Criterion Collection to create the perfect film-lover’s streaming service, FilmStruck. I’m already contemplating dropping several other services because this might be all the movies I’ll ever need. Oh, it launches this month? Score!
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Thursday, October 06, 2016 IndieWire.com - Filmstruck Outlines Launch Date, Pricing Structure and Criterion Collection Integration
Today, Turner announced the launch date for FilmStruck, the company’s first domestic subscription video-on-demand service, set to debut on October 19th. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies, FilmStruck will feature the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films. It will also feature extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Later this year, FilmStruck will also become the exclusive streaming home to the world-renowned Criterion Collection library, where subscribers can gain access to the Criterion’s entire streaming library through FilmStruck’s exclusive premium add-on tier, The Criterion Channel.
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Thursday, October 06, 2016 Variety - Turner to Launch FilmStruck Classic Movie-Streaming Service Oct. 19
Turner has set the launch of FilmStruck, its first subscription video-on-demand service stocked with hundreds of arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films along with a host of additional related content, on Oct. 19. FilmStruck, which Turner execs have said is an opportunity to test out the direct-to-consumer SVOD segement, is developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection. FilmStruck will have three pricing packages: the entry-level service is $6.99 per month; FilmStruck + The Criterion Channel is $10.99 monthly, offering everything in the FilmStruck subscription plus unlimited access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of films and special features, along with channel-exclusive original programming; and an annual subscription of $99 per year for FilmStruck + The Criterion Channel.
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