The Criterion Collection has announced the upcoming launch of its much-anticipated streaming service, which will be aimed at classic film fans. The “Criterion Channel.” will launch on April 8 in the United States and Canada. The channel, which will include over 1,000 classic and contemporary films for $10.99 per month.
The Criterion Channel will be regularly priced at $10.99 per month or $99.99 for an annual subscription. Customers who sign up now as charter subscribers will receive a special discounted rate of $9.99 per month or $89.99 per year — pricing the company says will be locked in “for as long as you stay active” — as well as a 30-day free trial.
The Criterion Channel (criterionchannel.com) will be available on computers, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS, and Android devices.
Criterion hasn’t yet announced the specific movies that will initially be available on the streaming service. However, it has confirmed the lineup will include access to Criterion’s entire streaming library and offer “constantly refreshed selections” of Hollywood, international, art-house, and indie movies.
Classic movie fans lamented the shutting down of FilmStruck, a service which was classic film-focused and was the previous home of the Criterion Collection. The Criterion Channel will go a long way to filling the void left by FilmStruck’s demise.
Interested classic film fans can immediately sign-up for the service and get the discounted price, on the service’s website.