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TCM and Criterion have teamed up to launch a streaming service aimed at cinephiles

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    I saw a commercial for this yesterday. You can get a 14 day free trial.

    Long story short, for $6.99 you can subscribe to FilmStruck, a streaming service launched by TCM that focuses on classic films. Or for $10.99 you can get subscriptions both to FilmStruck as well as the Criterion Channel, the latter of which will host many of the films released in the Criterion Collection.

    But that's not what really makes the service unique. They've going above and beyond and not just releasing the films, but also supplementary content for each film, with each Criterion release also including all of the extra content found on the DVD.

    Here's an NYT article on the new service:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/02/a...vice-places-a-big-bet-on-cinephiles.html?_r=0


    And here's a short presentation from Criterion (bear in mind this only looks at the Criterion side of things, not the TCM side):

     
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  2. Pixelated Porn Banned Banned

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    how much is the 14 day free trial?
     
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    Eleventy billion dollars.
     
  4. weed ベルセルク

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    cinephile? is that the PC term for a porn addict?
     
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    meh....less than my student loans
     
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    Maybe not all at one time, though. I think I read something that titles might be switched out once a week, but not sure if that's on the FilmStruck side only or also on the Criterion side.

    I'm going through the trial now and there are a few films that I know have been released by Criterion that are not coming up in the search, so if the goal is to host everything they're not there yet. There's a bunch of stuff on there though.
     
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    Armageddon's not on there right now . . . I know that's the one you were looking for.
     
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    I was thinking Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
     
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    Actually that appears to be a no-go too, I'm afraid.

    I just noticed that Mulholland Drive says "Limited Engagement! Ends January 31" so I guess that shows that some films will come and go.
     
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    look they better have Salo on all the time because i never know when i want to see a bunch of people eat shit.
     
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    Not a service that would interest me. I'm not into extras that much and I kind of feel most of their target audience are the type of people who like physical discs. I fall more into the videophile area so a service boasting best quality would get my attention quickly.
     
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    Well you're right about physical discs. I am interested in this service and I also lament the inevitable passing of physical formats. I still buy Blu-Rays regularly and I love all the supplementary content. (In fact, the wealth of special features on a disc--or lack thereof--is often THE factor on whether or not I buy it.)
     
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    For a while I thought physical formats were going to be doomed but I kind of wonder how true that actually is when I still see something like vinyl being pressed. To add on if there is any market profit to be made from people who want the best quality then there seems to be a continuing battle with the quality of digital cameras getting better thus making it more resource intensive to allow the viewer at home to truly benefit from that quality. As the years go on internet speeds continue to get better therefore allowing better streaming options but the advancements in cameras such as 4k & 6k cameras are still outpacing the internet speeds. Example is Lucy on 4K bluray which is supposed to be one of the best 4k releases to date. The movie itself is close to a 60GB file size(not including extras) for only 90 mins. If that was a Lord of the Rings extended edition type of movie then we would be talking about over 120 GB.

    I think it's actually going to be quite a while before we see physical discs going away. I used to be in the physical discs are doomed camp but we are going to keep running into the same issue with file sizes at least from what I can tell.

    I think this streaming service will have a very limited audience as long as physical discs are readily available.
     
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    I hope you're right about physical formats. I think the real question is whether or not there are going to be enough people to care about have THE BEST quality that the studios are going to think its worth it to keep putting their movies out on physical media. I mean, if it's only 1% of moviegoers, studios will probably just say fuck it.

    Personally, I think that 4K Blu-Ray will be the last physical format, but like I said I hope I'm wrong about that.
     
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    I used to be intrigued by criterion, but it feels like they've really loosened up their standards and now have some really shitty movies.
     
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    I was surprised by Armageddon.

    If we're talking popcorn movies from that era, something like The Rock or Face Off would make sense. But Armageddon?
     
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    Yeah I don't even understand them anymore. I thought their mission was to preserve and promote important films that would otherwise be lost. Like small indie films that were good, but no company ever would spend the money to press them into blu ray discs, so the films would just kind of cease to exist. But apparently I'm wrong.
     

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