Criterion Collection to launch ‘Criterion Channel’ in 2019

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Criterion Collection (known for beautifully restored and packaged Blu-rays and DVDs of classic art-house films) announced that they will soon return to streaming with a new stand-alone channel.

Now, they’re launching their second attempt to streaming called “Criterion Channel”. The new streaming channel is set to be released in 2019.

Criterion Channel will be a separate streaming service from their previous partnership with FilmStruck, which goal was to easily identify and choose films genres, themes, and directors, curated by filmmakers and film scholars.

According to Criterion, the new Criterion Channel was created because of the massive support from film makers and fans since they announced the shut down of the FilmStruck streaming service. They promise that Criterion Channel will make curation a top priority.

Criterion is asking fans to subscribe to the new Criterion Channel, which offers charter subscriptions now.

Included in the charter subscription is a 30-day trial, and a reduced subscription fee that costs USD 9.99/month, instead of USD 10.99/month for regular subscribers.

Meanwhile, WarnerMedia (the parent company of FilmStruck) is reconsidering scrapping FilmStruck because of the recent petition from Hollywood’s high-profile creators namely: Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Guillermo Del Toro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Sofia Coppola.