Film lovers, rejoice! The Criterion Channel’s new streaming platform will launch in the U.S. and Canada on April 8, 2019.
After the death of FilmStruck (which offered Criterion titles as well as selections from Turner Classics and MGM) last November, hopes for a similar, curated service have largely rested on the Criterion Channel’s break into the streaming scene.
The prayers are about to be answered, as the channel, touted as “a movie’s lover’s dream” in the press release, is set to offer thematic programming, guest curators (previous guests include Guillermo del Toro and Barry Jenkins), and access to over 1,000 titles from the Criterion Collection.
The service, which will be available on desktop, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, iOS, and Android devices, is also offering exclusive benefits to “Charter Subscribers,” including reduced pricing ($9.99 per month as opposed to $10.99) and an exclusive movie of the week between sign-up and launch, beginning with the newly released Criterion edition of Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky.