Movie buffs will be happy to know they can soon stream films from The Criterion Collection using a dedicated app.
From 2011 to 2016, Hulu subscribers had access to the coveted library, but then Criterion moved over to FilmStruck, another streaming service it launched with Turner Classic Movies. Now, it's launching a standalone service, called The Criterion Channel. This platform will showcase the company’s elite swath of feature films, as well as short films, master classes with directors, and more.
What is The Criterion Collection?
The Criterion Collection is a well-respected library of vintage and contemporary films, including auteur classics, Hollywood blockbusters, and independent B films. Its editions often include restored transfers along with commentary tracks and supplemental features. Criterion says it works closely with filmmakers and scholars to ensure that "each film is presented as its maker would want it seen".
Criterion also publishes region 1 DVDs and region A Blu-rays for the North American market, and region B Blu-rays for the UK market. You can purchase region B Blu-rays here. Every film comes in its original aspect ratio, unless the filmmaker requested a different framing.
It's worth checking out Criterion's famous Top 10 lists, too, where filmmakers have detailed their favourite films in The Criterion Collection.
When does The Criterion Channel launch?
The Criterion Channel will launch on 8 April 2019. It has opened signups for subscribers here. Criterion says early subscribers will have instant access to a weekly film, but the full slate of programming doesn't launch until April.
How much will The Criterion Channel cost?
Subscriptions will cost $10.99 a month (or $99.99 a year). But Criterion says Charter subscribers can snag a discounted rate of $9.99 a month ($89.99 a year), if they sign up here before launch on 8 April 2019.
What can you watch on The Criterion Channel?
Subscribers will have access to Criterion’s entire streaming library, as well as a “constantly refreshed” selection of “Hollywood, international, art-house, and independent films", according to Criterion's site, which shows over 1,000 films in its own library. The channel will also feature original programming, including a Sunday spotlight (that's all about “directors, stars, genres, and themes"), a Tuesday short film, and more.
How can you access The Criterion Channel?
The channel will be available on a variety of devices and platforms, including desktop, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, and Roku.
Where is The Criterion Channel?
The channel is definitely launching in the US in April. We're checking on UK availability and will report back soon.