Best known for their expensive, but totally worth it, DVDs and Blu-rays of classic, artistic, and off-beat films, The Criterion Collection will be making another attempt to leap into the world of streaming. The closure of its previous platform FilmStruck has inspired the company to launch its own channel for film enthusiasts everywhere.
The Criterion Channel, as it will be called, will launch in spring 2019. Following suit with its collection of films and its website, the channel promises to properly allow viewers to find films based on various topics, be it director, genre, country, themes, and mood.
Criterion pointed to the fans who spoke out upon the closure of FilmStruck as inspiration for the new channel. FilmStruck was known as the best place to view many of the Criterion’s films besides the physical discs themselves, but it also streamed many Turner Classic films and a large library of MGM’s films that could not be seen anywhere else.
Films from The Criterion Collection will all be available on the channel, but the films from Film Struck will not be included. The streaming service will cost $9.99 a month, down from the previous asking price of $10.99.