The streaming of television programming and other video and audio content looks to be something that will likely fit into ‘the next big thing’ category for a number of reasons including the strong desire among the public to cut the cable cord and do away with the mostly inflexible and expensive packages that cable TV offers. The incredible growth of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video and more recently Showtime, HBOGo, Starz and others indicate the handwriting is on the wall for the end of cable TV dominance on TV content delivery. One of the issues impeding growth may be the ability of offering local programming from local broadcast TV stations. And also critical to the functionality and economics of continued growth of streaming services is the expansion of high-speed Internet to every corner of the United States. Regardless of how this plays out there is an awesome new streaming channel recently launched called Filmstruck.
For those who love classic films from the US and worldwide, Filmstruck looks like a big winner. Filmstruck offers from TCM (Turner Classic Movies) movies and The Criterion Collection . TCM is now the exclusive streaming source of The Criterion Collection in the US. Criterion is a home video company that repackages “important classic and contemporary films” often including bonus features such as director interviews, commentary tracks, and other features often wonderfully restored.
Filmstruck commenced operations in November of 2016 on a somewhat limited basis on a number of devices. Pending is the availability of the service on ROKU devices sometime in early 2017 (not yet live as of the writing on January 14, 2017). Also slated for early 2017 is availability of Chromecast, and later in 2017 PS4 and XBOX One. So, Filmstruck looks to be a big winner for those of us who love classic film.