If your favorite movie is Fast & Furious and you’re always confused at the Oscars, thinking, “What are these films?” then this news will probably not excite you.
But if you’re a lover of cinema and art-house films, then you might want to listen. The Criterion Collection announced that the Criterion Channel will launch on April 8, 2019. The new streaming service will be stocked with over 1,000 classic and contemporary art-house films.
The channel will be available on computers, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, iOS and Android devices. It’ll cost $10.99 a month or $99.99 for the entire year. They’ll also offer a 30-day free trial.
And while they didn’t say what titles will be available on the streaming service, they certainly have a lot to choose from…
“Movies in Criterion Collection’s catalog include Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing,’ David Lynch’s ‘Mulholland Drive,’ Akira Kurosawa’s ‘The Seven Samurai,’ Sidney Lumet’s ’12 Angry Men,’ Robert Altman’s ‘3 Women,’ George Sluizer’s ‘The Vanishing,’ Fritz Lang’s ‘M,’ Charles Laughton’s ‘The Night of the Hunter,’ Wong Kar-wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love,’ Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Persona,’ the Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ and Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Dr. Strangelove.'”
Criterion also promises to update their list constantly, so it’ll probably be a Netflix type situation. Every month there will be new titles available to stream.
“Criterion Channel also will include a Sunday Spotlight feature, focusing on a different director, star, genre, or theme as well as exclusive content like guest programmer series Adventures in Moviegoing, Tuesday’s Short + Feature, the Friday Night Double Feature, Meet the Filmmakers, Art-House America, and Observations on Film Art (billed as a 15-minute-per-month film school).”
As mentioned above, the channel will start streaming on April 8, 2019.