WarnerMedia is shuttering FilmStruck, a popular streaming service dedicated to older, foreign, independent, and art house-style films from Turner’s Classic Movies and The Criterion Collection, the prestigious home video outlet that recognizes significant contributions to contemporary and classic cinema.
Turner and Warner Bros.’ Digital Networks issued the following statement to Variety regarding the closure:
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.
The company followed up the announcement on Twitter, thanking users for their support. The service’s official website now just displays a banner announcing its closure, which will happen on November 29th.
“We would like to thank our many fans and loyal customers who supported us,” a message on the site reads. “FilmStruck was truly a labor of love, and in a world with an abundance of entertainment options — Thank you for choosing us.”
FilmStruck marks the third WarnerMedia streaming service or independent network that the company’s new owner, AT&T, has shut down. DramaFever, a streaming service dedicated to Korean dramas, shut down on October 16th. Super Deluxe, an internet-turned-TV comedy hub, was shut down earlier this month.
AT&T and WarnerMedia, which merged earlier this year, are gearing up to launch a new streaming service that will include some of WarnerMedia’s most popular networks, including HBO.