The Criterion Collection has announced the upcoming launch of an all-new streaming service aimed at classic movie fans, called the "Criterion Channel." Launching on April 8 in the United States and Canada, Criterion Channel will include over 1,000 classic and contemporary films for $10.99/month (via Variety).

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Image via The Criterion Channel/Variety

Subscribers will also be able to pay $99.99 for an annual subscription, and each tier will include a 30-day free trial. Those who sign up now will get discounted prices, including $9.99/month and $89.99/year. The company says these prices will be locked in "for as long as you stay active."

Criterion Channel will be available on the web, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android, Fire TV, and Roku devices. The company hasn't yet revealed specific movies that will be in the service, but confirmed that it will allow access to Criterion's entire streaming library and offer "constantly refreshed selections" of Hollywood, international, art-house, and indie movies.

The service's apps will showcase new films and content each day, including Sunday Spotlights on directors, stars, genres, and themes; Tuesday's Short + Feature; Friday Double Bill; and more. There will also be movie recommendations from filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, Mira Nair, and Barry Jenkins offered within the app.

The new service will launch six months after AT&T and Warner Media shuttered FilmStruck, a service that was focused on classic films and was the only streaming home for the Criterion Collection. Turner and WB Digital Networks at the time said that FilmStruck remained "largely a niche service" for its entire run, leading to the decision to shut it down.

The Criterion Collection will now be exclusively available to stream on the Criterion Channel. If you're interested in signing up for the Criterion Channel to get the discounted price, you can do so now on the service's website.

Top Rated Comments

whyamihere Avatar
36 months ago
The Criterion Collection will now be exclusively available to stream on the Criterion Channel.
Every studio, producer, creator, tom, dick, and harry now wants to charge for access to their own content and remove it from being consumed anywhere else. The decline in piracy is about to shift.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2010mini Avatar
36 months ago
People are never satisfied

They complained for years about breaking up big cable and for studios to offer a la carte content.

People who warned that a la carte would be expensive were shouted down.

Studios start to offer a la carte.

Reality of what was forewarned has set in.

People complain about a la carte.... now want content in one place.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zxxv Avatar
36 months ago
Watching tv and movies just went up financially to $299 per calendar month

In other news web traffic to pirate bay saw an increase of 6000% in the last quarter.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unity451 Avatar
36 months ago
Every studio, producer, creator, tom, dick, and harry now wants to charge for access to their own content and remove it from being consumed anywhere else. The decline in piracy is about to shift.
Truth.
As much as I love being cynical towards Apple these days... this would be a stellar time for them to introduce something to really shake up this industry just like they did with iTunes/iPod when mp3 pirating was at it's peak.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gasu E. Avatar
36 months ago
Every studio, producer, creator, tom, dick, and harry now wants to charge for access to their own content and remove it from being consumed anywhere else. The decline in piracy is about to shift.
Watching tv and movies just went up financially to $299 per calendar month

In other news web traffic to pirate bay saw an increase of 6000% in the last quarter.
Are people keeping tabs on all these monthly subscriptions?
Goodness knows I have a list as long as my arm… and it needs culling.
You can go through this thread and pretty much tell which posters don't know what The Criterion Collection is.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
machpost Avatar
36 months ago
It's an outstanding collection of films for sure, but I'm not sure it's worth $11/month, on top of all the other monthly subscription fees I'm paying already. I'll probably just buy cheap used Blu-ray copies of the titles I want to watch.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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