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Re: FilmStruck

#1451 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:01 pm

The fucking phone company, man.

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#1452 Post by onedimension » Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:04 pm

Maybe this is the timeline where massive corporations remember they can run something at a loss for a greater good - and advertising - Filmstruck brought to you by AT&T -


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#1454 Post by movielocke » Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:45 pm

If they just keep the service running and accept only monthly payment it can then be folded into the mega humongo colossal streaming service when it launches. The problem though is the filmstruck labor force has already been cashiered, so if they keep it going they need staff to run it probably just HBO go staff etc and New curation and titles etc is probably suspended from now til it gets absorbed by the borg cube next year.

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#1455 Post by mfunk9786 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:05 pm

Taking the content offline for a year doesn't seem like a particularly great solution, and now this is being ran with and reported as FilmStruck being "saved"

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#1456 Post by albucat » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:18 pm

I suspect that this will lead to a bad version of Filmstruck being launched with the WB service and then more or less abandoned/offering a poor version of what's there now not remotely worth the money. At which point it will do poorly, and WB can say they tried but there was just no audience.

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#1457 Post by D50 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:08 am

My subscription happens to expire tomorrow. Watched Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) Wednesday, and Jacques Audiard's Dheepan (2015) yesterday. Both were 10/10. I'm thinking of giving netflix streaming a try - which will be a first for me. I only did the dvd service for a few years.

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#1458 Post by 371229 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:24 pm

I'm confused here about AT&T's decision. They are asking HBO to add more programming... why not just roll the Filmstruck platform into HBOGO? Easy Peazy... instant value added. Criterion wins and HBO wins. And then add a yearly subscription to HBOGO for $99... and then everyone wins.

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#1459 Post by movielocke » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:46 pm

371229 wrote:I'm confused here about AT&T's decision. They are asking HBO to add more programming... why not just roll the Filmstruck platform into HBOGO? Easy Peazy... instant value added. Criterion wins and HBO wins. And then add a yearly subscription to HBOGO for $99... and then everyone wins.
It’s all about bonus metrics on overall budgetary matters for the guy in charge. By shuttering filmstruck and firing everyone he gets a big bonus because it temporarily gooses the numbers in his favor for the end of year. 100,000 subscribers isn’t anything he’s concerned about, they expect 100,000,000 subscribers. Sure it would be more profitable in the long run to fold existing customers into the new product seamlessly, but if you’re the exec, you’re weighing making 100,000 moderately irritated versus getting a huge bonus in your first year. Really it’s no contest, super easy decision.

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Re: FilmStruck

#1460 Post by domino harvey » Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:23 pm

For posts about the new Criterion Channel use this thread

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Re: FilmStruck

#1461 Post by mfunk9786 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:28 pm

If non-Criterion FilmStruck news happens that's relevant, put it there and maybe we'll figure out another solution longer term for this thread, like integrating new Filmstruck stuff with Warner Archive, etc - just spitballing. Anyway, yay!

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