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Criterion Channel to Launch Streaming Service Available Spring 2019


The Criterion Collection and WarnerMedia have announced the launch of the Criterion Channel, which is to be a new way for classic film fans to access the beloved collection of Criterion films. The launch is to take place this coming Spring, as a free-standing streaming service. Additionally, the popular library of films will be part of WarnerMedia's recently announced direct-to-consumer platform that is planned to appear in late 2019. The Criterion Collection is a deep and extensive library, which aims to enrich and further expand the audience exposure of these acclaimed movies.

The Criterion Channel will be picking up where the recently discontinued FilmStruck left off. With thematic programming, regular filmmaker spotlights, and actor retrospectives, expectations for an immersive experience will be fulfilled. Major classics and hard-to-find discoveries from Hollywood and around the world will include special features like commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage and original documentaries. Naturally, the online service will continue to produce the guest programmer series, (Adventures in Moviegoing), which has already featured cinephile luminaries Barry Jenkins, Guillermo del Toro, Bill Hader, and Mira Nair. Likewise, the Criterion's monthly episodes of Observations on Film Art, Tuesday's Short + Feature, and the Friday double-bill, will continue without skipping a beat.

For those who loved the curated programming at FilmStruck, there's good news. The Criterion Collection is going to carrying on with the same mission, with the freestanding service where the history of cinema can live both established film lovers, as well as a new generation who can find guidance from top scholars, curators, and renown experts. The new service will be owned and controlled by the Criterion Collection, will also be available through WarnerMedia’s yet to be launched consumer platform.

Criterion.com/channel and sign up to be a Charter Subscriber, then tell your friends to sign up too. Everyone who was a FilmStruck subscriber should sign up for the new service. It's a platform online classic film fans shouldn't ignore.Go to

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