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Criterion Collection ditches Hulu to launch new standalone service


The Criterion Collection has called Hulu home since 2011, but later this year the massive movie trove is heading out on its own.  Criterion announced on Tuesday that it’s teaming up with Turner Classic Movies to launch a new movie streaming service called FilmStruck this fall.

FilmStruck is set to offer an ad-free, curated experience that draws on Criterion’s massive collection of classic cinema. There’s no word on a price, but it should be competitive with rival services. That suggests you may have to pay another $10 per month to access these movies once they leave Hulu later this year.

“Criterion is teaming up with TCM to launch an art house film lovers’ dream streaming service,” said Criterion Collection president Peter Becker, adding that this is “the
streaming service serious movie fans have been waiting for.”

Beyond full movies, the new streaming service will offer extra features, rare footage and “exclusive original content.” Whether that’s enough to convince movie fans to pay an extra $10 or so per month remains to be seen, but for hardcore cinephiles it may be worth the price.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...