Today, Turner announced the launch date for FilmStruck, the company’s first domestic subscription video-on-demand service, set to debut on October 19th. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies, FilmStruck will feature the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films. It will also feature extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Later this year, FilmStruck will also become the exclusive streaming home to the world-renowned Criterion Collection library, where subscribers can gain access to the Criterion’s entire streaming library through FilmStruck’s exclusive premium add-on tier, The Criterion Channel.
Subscriptions to FilmStruck are available in three different pricing tiers:
- FilmStruck Subscription – $6.99/month – offering hundreds of constantly refreshed, hard-to-find and critically acclaimed films, plus exclusive bonus content including hosted introductions, originally produced pieces, interviews and more.
- FilmStruck + The Criterion Channel Subscription – $10.99/month – offering everything in the FilmStruck subscription plus unlimited access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of films and special features, along with channel-exclusive original programming such as filmmaker profiles, master classes, and curated series by celebrated guests from the film world and beyond
- Annual Subscription – $99/year for FilmStruck + The Criterion Channel (a $30 annual savings)
“FilmStruck is a departure from the timeless Hollywood classics that we offer at TCM and a genuinely distinct offering for the streaming marketplace, focusing on a thoughtfully curated experience around hard-to-find, critically acclaimed, independent films from the most celebrated libraries in the world,” said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM and FilmStruck. “By combining the expertise at TCM and the Criterion Collection – two of the leading authorities in film preservation and history – we have created something really special that is a must-have for passionate film lovers.”
Following the same curatorial expertise as TCM, FilmStruck’s massive library will feature over 70 fully curated and constantly refreshed programming themes. These include: Cinema Passport, a monthly “franchise” showcasing the work of countries rich in film history and culture; The Masters, a monthly, director-focused “franchise” highlighting acclaimed directors including Akira Kurosawa, François Truffaut, and Chantal Akerman; Food for Thought, a collection of films that tickles the tongue by prominently featuring food; and more.
Additionally, FilmStruck will feature hosted introductions from film critics and celebrities, including actor Bill Hader, reporter Alicia Malone, and comedian and “Archer” actor Lucky Yates.
FilmStruck will be available exclusively on Amazon Fire TV, web, iOS and Android devices at launch on October 19th, and on Apple TV and other platforms and devices in the coming months. Those who sign up at the official website can explore FilmStruck’s curated and constantly refreshed library with a special 14-day free trial.
Check out FilmStruck’s introductory video below.