Criterion Channel to Launch Spring 2019 to Replace FilmStruck

If you are sad that FilmStruck is shutting down, well be a little less sad today. The Criterion Collection team is going to launch the Criterion Channel as a freestanding service in spring 2019.

At Criterion, they’ve been trying to make something a little different for the past two years—a movie lover’s dream streaming service, with smart thematic programming, where the history of cinema can live and breathe, where a new generation of filmmakers and film lovers can explore the classics or revel in rarities, where adventurous cinephiles can champion films that have never gotten their due, and newcomers can easily find guidance from major filmmakers, top scholars, curators, and other experts from all walks of life.

The Criterion Channel will be picking up where the old service left off, programming director spotlights and actor retrospectives featuring major Hollywood and international classics and hard-to-find discoveries from around the world, complete with special features like commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and original documentaries. They will continue with their guest programmer series, Adventures in Moviegoing.

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Their regular series like Art-House America, Split Screen, and Meet the Filmmakers, and our Ten Minutes or Less section will all live on, along with Tuesday’s Short + Feature and the Friday Night Double Feature, and of course our monthly fifteen-minute film school, Observations on Film Art.

The new service will be wholly owned and controlled by the Criterion Collection, and be available in U.S. and Canada at launch; rolling out additional territories over time.

Their library will also be available through WarnerMedia’s new consumer platform when it launches late next year, so once both services are live, Criterion fans will have even more ways to find the films they love.

They will be starting from scratch, with no subscribers, so they need all the help they can get. So, go to and sign up to be a Charter Subscriber, then tell your friends to sign up too. They need everyone who was a FilmStruck subscriber or who’s been tweeting and signing petitions and writing letters to come out and to sign up for the new service.

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