Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection are joining forces for what will definitely be the most prestigious of the various streaming services quietly draining your bank account each month. The companies have just announced their partnership to create Filmstruck, a video company with a goal of, basically, creating an antithetical haven from the commercial-filled, Joe Dirt sequel-sponsoring realm of Crackle.
While other streaming services are focusing on original content, Filmstruck is going after "critically acclaimed films, hard to find gems and cult favorites from the world's greatest independent film libraries," and it will soon be the exclusive home of the highly esteemed Criterion Collection. Films will be shown commercial-free and "as the director intended"--except for how you can stream to your phone, which is not at all how many directors intended. Notably, a subscription will also provide cinephiles access to deleted scenes and other special features often absent from streaming deals. It's basically just like getting the Blu-ray, just without a nicely-designed case you can put in your media rack to show off how good your taste it.
Though Filmstruck launches this fall, it's not yet been revealed how much it will cost to have access to but never watch these celebrated films because you're not sure you want to commit to something so heavy that night.