"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Oct 262018

The dystopian future just got a lot closer today — the future as predicted in SF classics as disparate as “Blade Runner,” “Alien,” “RoboCop” and the “Terminator” films, and as predicted by such media gurus as Herbert Schiller (“Culture, Inc.: The Corporate Takeover of Public Expression”) and Ben H. Bagdikian (“The New Media Monopoly”), in which a handful of evil super-global corporations will take over the world. Today’s lesson: with the approved takeover of WarnerMedia (Time Warner, Warner Bros. pictures, HBO, Turner Classic Movies, etc etc) by AT&T (remember them, the gigantic conglomerate Ma Bell of the mid-20th century, lampooned as a super-spy organization in 1967’s “The President’s Analyst” and broken up in 1984?), the indie streaming service FilmStruck, which championed rare, classic, foreign and arthouse films, and was home to The Criterion Collection, will be shuttered Nov. 29.

According to a statement from the conglomerate: ““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.”

In other words, they want to build out their HBO and Warner Bros. streaming services and don’t want to waste their time on small potatoes like FilmStruck and Criterion..

Big brother is still thinking of you.

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 Posted by on October 26, 2018  Add comments

  One Response to “AT&T, WarnerMedia Say Goodbye to FilmStruck”

  1. Uh-ohh…
    Filmstruck fans had turned the service into their own angry symbol of their rebellion against “Streaming fatigue” and the drought of theatrical movies on the Big Three, and the fandom was almost literally becoming a lifehack cult over the ability to school themselves on Criterion foreign-films and Warner Archive vintage classics.
    You can take away Crackle or Hulu, but take away Filmstruck, and the viewers’ growing frustrations with corporate streaming will finally start turning ugly…

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