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Criterion Channel to get your classic movie magic beyond TCM

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TCM’s streaming service, FilmStruck, shutdown at the end of last year. Unless you watch live TV or DVR a cinema classic on TCM, there are very few streaming options for older or foreign films—until April 8th, 2019, when the Criterion Channel launches their streaming service. The streaming service is built off of the framework of FilmStruck, even using their ecosystem, learned successes, failures, and structure. The Criterion Channel’sstreaming service consists of “constantly refreshed selections of Hollywood, international, art-house, and independent movies, plus access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of more than 1,000 important classic and contemporary films from around the world”. The Criterion Collection has been around since 1984, and since then they have published both classic and modern films from Hollywood and around the world, all at the highest quality possible.

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They are similar to a library or a museum in their protection and preservation of works of art to ensure they aren’t lost to history. While other services that preserve art and culture tend to be stuck in the ‘stone ages’, refusing to consider the future or younger generations who will consume the work, Criterion recognizes that the future of preservation involves allowing easy, on-demand access at all times. Hopefully, this time around people understand that this is not another streaming service, but an accessible way to preserve and learn about the history of film. 

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