October 26, 2018
WarnerMedia's FilmStruck streaming service offers more than 1,000 contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films. It's also the home of the entire Criterion Collection, curated by Turner Classics Movies.
Through the subscription-streaming service you can watch film favorites like "Casablanca," "The Thin Man," "Singin' in the Rain," "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Citizen Kane."
But that all ends on Nov. 29, FilmStruck's last day of service. The news was announced on the site Friday.
As of Friday, Oct. 26, FilmStruck also has stopped enrolling new subscribers.
Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks gave a statement to Variety on the shut down:
We’re incredibly proud of the creativity and innovations produced by the talented and dedicated teams who worked on FilmStruck over the past two years. While FilmStruck has a very loyal fanbase, it remains largely a niche service. We plan to take key learnings from FilmStruck to help shape future business decisions in the direct-to-consumer space and redirect this investment back into our collective portfolios.
FilmStruck launched in the U.S. fall of 2016 and internationally this year. The service was $6.99 per month, or $10.99 with access to the Criterion Collection.
FilmStuck is the third WarnerMedia streaming service to be shut down by new owner AT&T.
On Twitter, the abrupt news was met with anger and sadness.
@FilmStruck is not just a streaming service. It is one of those rare vestiges where media + the internet coincide with love, thought, passion, wit, community, art, accessibility. It has brought me countless friends and films, and was my first job. Such an indescribable loss.— jianna justice (@jiannajustice) October 26, 2018
FilmStruck might be dead, but at least Netflix has [clicks on their “Classics” section] …CLERKS?— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) October 26, 2018
For a film lover, Filmstruck is perhaps the single most beautiful thing to ever come out of the internet. To kill it in its prime is outrageous. https://t.co/hW8SXZCVSS— Ari Aster (@AriAster) October 26, 2018
.@WarnerMediaGrp so disappointed in your decision to shut down FilmStruck. For dedicated lovers of cinema and, more importantly, a resource for burgeoning cinephiles young and old, it is an unparalleled source of lovingly curated films and a document of the art form itself.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) October 26, 2018