WarnerMedia is discontinuing operations on its cinephile streaming service FilmStruck in November, per Variety. The official FilmStruck Twitter account also confirmed the news in a Twitter post Friday.
The move comes as AT&T works to streamline its holdings in WarnerMedia, Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks. The short-lived service started in April 2016 as a partnership between WarnerMedia’s Turner Classic Movies and The Criterion Collection, taking over for Hulu as Criterion’s exclusive streaming home in the U.S.
“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,” said Turner and WB Digital Networks in a statement.
Earlier this month, WarnerMedia abruptly shut down DramaFever, a subscription VOD service specializing in Korean dramas, and one week ago, the media conglomerate also shut down Internet comedy studio SuperDeluxe.
FilmStruck shutting down after just two years in service is sad news for subscribers who will soon no longer have access to its curated selection of niche films, and who were quick to criticize the corporate machinations behind its demise.
It’s unclear what will happen to The Criterion Collection, some titles from which will soon no longer be able to stream. Public library card holders and those affiliated with university libraries, however, can still use Kanopy to stream many Criterion titles, as well as many other indie, foreign and cult films.