After five years, The Criterion Collection has left Hulu. Turner Classic Movies and The Criterion Collection have created FilmStruck. It’s yet another instant streaming service with a monthly fee, but this one is hard to pass up if you’re into to critically acclaimed films, hard-to-find gems, and cult favorites that you can’t find elsewhere. As of this writing, Filmstruck costs $6.99/month, and if you want FilmStruck + The Criterion Channel (which is really the only reason for subscribing), you will have to shell out $10.99/month or $99/year. You can find their most current rates on their site.
With Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon moving towards their own content, services like FilmStruck may become necessary for cinephiles everywhere. The folks over at Flavorwire have argued The Case for FilmStruck (and Against Netflix) over on their blog, but to sum up, Netflix has gone from nearly 11,000 titles in 2012 to the current total of 5,302 in a move toward more of their own content. The Criterion Collection is one of the best film collections out there, so this service will be hard to pass up.
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