Turner’s FilmStruck launches on Roku

FilmStruck will feature classic movie collections including several Akira Kurosawa films. Image: FilmStruck
Turner launched FilmStruck, a new streaming home for the Criterion Collection and other films, late last year.
(Turner)

Turner’s movie buff SVOD FilmStruck has added Roku to its list of compatible devices.

In addition to Roku, the service now works on Android and iOS devices, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and on the web. The company is promising to launch an app soon for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. On Twitter, FilmStruck said that PlayStation 4 support would be available before the end of 2017.

Turner launched FilmStruck, a new streaming home for the Criterion Collection and other films, late last year. Prior to that, the Criterion Collection had been available on Hulu.

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Turner CTO Jeremy Legg said the process of moving a classic film library to new service that isn’t ad-supported like Hulu was complicated in terms of encoding the films for various devices.

“If you take theatrical libraries, particularly classic movie libraries, the films come in all kinds of different formats. Many of them are filmed in 4:3. They’re not made for 16:9. Many have multiple languages and subtitles. So as you try to deliver a consistent look and feel on an iPad or an iPhone versus a television set, it’s not simple to get all that content formatted. Video doesn’t just reformat because it’s on an iPhone. When the play button is pressed, we need to know what type of device it is,” Legg said.

The launch of FilmStruck was initially delayed last year so Turner could have time to address issues with the sign-up process.

“The launch of FilmStruck is delayed until November as we work to complete a seamless registration process for subscribers,” Turner said in a statement at the time.

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