Time Warner-owned Turner will on October 19 launch a new streaming service in the US called FilmStruck with “the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films”. It is coming to Fire TV, Apple TV, web, iOS & Android.
FilmStruck to launch on October 19
The new streaming service will bring more choice to the marketplace. It is not yet another direct competitor to Netflix. Instead FilmStruck will target “serious film lovers”, the company sayd. It will also be the exclusive home for the “Criterion Collection library”.
- “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.”
Subscription prices start at $6.99 per month for the basic plan. For $10.99 per month you also get access to “Criterion’s entire streaming library”.
The catalog will include “hundreds“ of films, the company said. Titles on FilmStruck will 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”.
App for Fire TV & Apple TV
Films originally recorded in HD will be available to stream in HD quality, it was confirmed. Subtitles should be available on most films by the end of 2016.
FilmStruck will launch on October 19 on Amazon Fire TV, iOS, Android, and the web. It will come to “Apple TV and other platforms and devices in the coming months”.
A 14-day free trial period will be available at launch on October 19. You can learn more at filmstruck.com.