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SVOD Service FilmStruck to Launch Oct. 19

6 Oct, 2016 By: John Latchem

Global media company Turner will launch FilmStruck, the company's first domestic subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, Oct. 19. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, FilmStruck will feature a hefty streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films as well as extensive bonus content.

"Turner smartly identified a strategic way to move into the direct-to-consumer business by creating an over-the-top offering that was additive to the TV landscape, with programming not readily available in the streaming marketplace and that was completely differentiated from what TCM already offers" said Coleman Breland, president of Turner Content Distribution and TCM. "FilmStruck super-serves a niche and devoted audience of film fans and will be a strong addition to Turner's portfolio of leading brands."

Beginning Nov. 11, FilmStruck will become the exclusive streaming home to the Criterion Collection library via a premium add-on tier, The Criterion Channel.

"Joining forces with the team at TCM has been a dream come true, and we're very excited about our new home," said Peter Becker, president of the Criterion Collection. "FilmStruck is the first streaming platform to give movies the kind of deep, rich treatment that viewers have come to expect from the Criterion Collection, and the Criterion Channel opens up thrilling new ways for us to connect our passionate audience with the films and filmmakers they love."

FilmStruck will be available exclusively on Amazon Fire TV, iOS, Android devices and online at launch, and on Apple TV and other platforms and devices in the coming months.

Film fans who sign up at FilmStruck.com can explore the site’s curated and constantly refreshed library with a 14-day free trial. Subscriptions to FilmStruck are available in three different pricing tiers: a $6.99 monthly subscription, a $10.99 monthly offering with the Criterion add-on, and a $99 annual subscription that includes the Criterion Channel.

FilmStruck's library will feature a roster from indie studios such 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 Hollywood's major movie studios, including Warner Bros. and MGM.

Titles include Babette's Feast, Blood Simple, Blow-Up, Breaker Morant, A Hard Day's Night, Mad Max, Metropolis, Moulin Rouge, My Life as a Dog, Paths of Glory, The Player, A Room with a View, Seven Samurai, The Seventh Seal, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Stardust Memories, The Trip to Bountiful, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Woodstock.

FilmStruck's library will feature more than 70 fully curated and constantly refreshed programming themes such as “The Beauty of Italy,” “Contemporary Israeli Cinema” and “Early Kubrick,” among others. Bonus content includes hosted introductions, mini-documentaries, retrospectives, audio commentaries, original trailers, filmmaker interviews and rare footage.

Update: The launch of FilmStruck was delayed until November to streamline the subscription process.

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