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Filmstruck shutting down
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Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks announced plans to shut down FilmStruck.

https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/...filmstruck
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#2
I was going to sign up just the other day for a free trial. Nuts.
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#3
Moved to Movies.  News Items are for stories related to fanediting.
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#4
This saddens me greatly.  Young people today only seem to know what's streaming... these icons of cinema are fading in the public consciousness.
"Everything ends and it's always sad.  But everything begins again too and that's always happy.  Be happy." ~ The Doctor
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#5
I never heard of Filmstruck until this thread.
Mega Man is best game.
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#6
It might be good in the end, it can be annoying having too many streaming services, especially if it's taking all the Criterion content that you want to see and restricting it to only their in-house service. I've recently been trying the BFI-Player as a bolt on channel within Amazon-Prime and it's pretty good. The niche cinema content I want but within Amazon's slick one-stop-shop interface. If Criterion's catalogue was now offered as a bolt on channel too, I'd be very happy.
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(10-26-2018, 06:19 PM)jrWHAG42 Wrote: I never heard of Filmstruck until this thread.

I also had not heard of Filmstruck, but there are a lot of online services that I am not aware of for quite awhile. Now that it is on the way out there is a lot of press and even many industry insiders, like Guillermo Del Toro, commenting on its impending departure. 
https://www.indiewire.com/2018/10/filmst...202015860/

Just so you know, this is all happening because of the ATT and TimeWarner merger. ATT wants to consolidate streaming services. Filmstruck was probably profitable, just not as profitable or notable as ATT wanted. 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowit...ab28a65b20

There are other alternatives still out there that offer some of the Criterion collection as well as other classic films. 
https://www.indiewire.com/2018/10/where-...202015582/
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#8
Hollywood Hot Shots to the rescue!

https://deadline.com/2018/11/filmstruck-...202502251/

https://deadline.com/2018/11/filmstruck-...202502329/

https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/basicall...truck.html

It can never work. Much like established states can never negotiate with "terrorists", media conglomerates can never reverse decisions like this just because of petitioning: it would generate an unacceptable precedent, not to mention they'd be admitting they can be and actually were wrong in the first place.

No sir, when WarnerMedia launches their own Netflix-ish thingie later next year they'll just say: oh look, it also includes all those TCM oldies the three of you are always pestering us about. Happy now?!
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(11-15-2018, 10:30 AM)MPAA Challenger Wrote: Hollywood Hot Shots to the rescue!

https://deadline.com/2018/11/filmstruck-...202502251/

https://deadline.com/2018/11/filmstruck-...202502329/

https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/basicall...truck.html

It can never work. Much like established states can never negotiate with "terrorists", media conglomerates can never reverse decisions like this just because of petitioning: it would generate an unacceptable precedent, not to mention they'd be admitting they can be and actually were wrong in the first place.

No sir, when WarnerMedia launches their own Netflix-ish thingie later next year they'll just say: oh look, it also includes all those TCM oldies the three of you are always pestering us about. Happy now?!

Not necessarily.

http://www.startrek.com/article/bjo-trim...rek-part-1

Quote:For the record, when NBC seemed to be on the verge of axing Star Trek after a low-rated second season, the Trimbles devised a grassroots letter-writing campaign that saved the show and resulted in a third season. Though the network dropped Star Trek after its lackluster third year, enough episodes had been shot for the show to enter syndication and, in syndication, Star Trek emerged as such a phenomenon that it was resurrected as an animated series and, in 1979, a big-budget feature. And from there the franchise grew and grew, spanning from Star Trek: The Next Generation and all the subsequent shows to Star Trek (2009) and everything in between. So, truly, you might not be reading this now, and might not be on the boards debating the merits of this Trek book or that Trek game had the Trimbles not stepped up to the plate back in 1968.

And I'm sure there are other examples.
"Everything ends and it's always sad.  But everything begins again too and that's always happy.  Be happy." ~ The Doctor
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#10
criterion collection launching their own streaming service in spring 2019

https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/...pring-2019
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