The streaming world continues to get crowded with new contenders, but a new announcement by Roku shows that even established services have some new content up their streaming sleeves. Roku has been busy signing licensing agreements with some top-tier content providers lately, signing a deal with DirectTV NOW and Twitter’s new television service. Just this week, Roku unveiled a deal with one of the most prestigious names in film distribution that’s sure to attract true cinephiles. Roku users will now be able to stream Turner’s FilmStruck service, which offers exclusive access to hundreds of classic and contemporary films, complete with extras usually found only on DVD.
In their press release announcing the deal, FilmStruck says their massive catalog offers Roku users “a deep roster of constantly refreshed films from major Hollywood studios and celebrated indie studios” and includes extras such as “archival footage, audio commentaries, original film trailers and filmmaker interviews.” This highly curated body of material is like a crash course in modern American cinema history, but includes some surprises.
When FilmStruck first launched, Turner CEO and chairman John Martin stated that he hoped the service could expand throughout the streaming world to provide film buffs with a unique streaming experience:
At Turner, we are dedicated to engaging fans wherever they are, and we’re investing aggressively in content, new capabilities and new businesses to achieve that goal. FilmStruck is a terrific example of our strategy to meet consumer demand for great content across all screens. It’s tailor-made for the diehard movie enthusiast who craves a deep, intimate experience with independent, foreign, and art house films.
Aside from Roku, FilmStruck is currently supported on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android and iOS mobile devices, newer Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra devices, or over the web. A standard FilmStruck subscription is just $6.99 per month and grants users access to a rotating and eclectic catalog of films and extras. For $10.99 a month users can also view Turner’s esteemed Criterion Collection, what Turner calls a collection of the “most important classic and contemporary films.” Roku users can register for a free 14-day free trial now to give FilmStruck a shot.