Warner Archive Instant Bows SVOD Movie Service2 Apr, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Warner Bros. has launched a streaming service catering to early movies and television shows from its vault, in addition to collections from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Line, Lorimar, Monogram, RKO and Allied Artists, among others.
Warner Archive Instant is available for $9.99 a month, claiming to offer 1080p high-definition resolution when using a Roku media player (and Warner Archive Channel) and viewing on accompanying HDTV. Content is also viewable on a Mac or PC, but not in HD.
The website said it will soon make the content accessible to connected Blu-ray Disc players and smartphones.
Similar to SVOD services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, subscribers can stream unlimited content selections and cancel at any time.
In addition to highlighting most popular selections and updated content, Warner Archive Instant offers a “Showcase” section featuring a monthly festival-style list of streaming movie marathons. They're carefully curated selections of motion pictures and/or TV programming built around a common theme or interest.
Movies include: The Americanization of Emily (1964,) with James Garner and Julie Andrews; Black Legion (1937), with Humphrey Bogart; Planet Earth (1974), with John Saxon; Freebie and the Bean, with James Caan and Alan Arkin; Norman…Is That You?, with Red Foxx and Pearl Bailey; and Queen of Outer Space (1958), with Zsa Zsa Gabor, among others.
New TV additions include “Adventures of Superman: Season 1,” “Best of 77 Sunset Strip: Year 2 & 3,” “Cheyenne: Season 1,” “Gilligan’s Island: Season 1” and “Jericho: Season 1,” among others.
The studio is offering free two-week trials .