Criterion Collection is partial, and the site is adding and removing titles. A completely ridiculous and unfair expectation. Both sites provide a curated service for independent films on demand. Also: it's currently running a half-price sale so a year sub is $45. I would love also to sign up Filmstruck but it's only available in the US so I'm out. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed.
(Fandor particularly) I signed up for Fandor for a year because it had a few movies I wanted to watch. Sometimes they do introduce some really interesting films and filmmakers I've been meaning to get around to. So between the two I prefer FilmStruck because I can always find something I actually want to watch. They never said that. I've used all three. Since it's a relatively new service I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt and I'll remain a subscriber for a while longer in hope that they improve.
Like you, I ultimately picked Mubi because of the 30-day timeframe for each movie. Before a service like Fandor or Mubi can stream a movie on their site, they need to acquire a license from the rights-holder. And Mubi seems to handle that really poorly.
It has the largest selection and quite a few rotating from the criterion collection. I already have Netflix streaming and also use my local public library for movies (they have a great selection). I'm subbed to all 3. Follow up question. MUBI is a great deal, I do wish they had a native Apps for Apple TV (though AirPlay works) and Roku. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts.
If you already have Amazon Prime, Fandor is cheaper as an add-on channel. (Fandor particularly) I signed up for Fandor for a year because it had a few movies I wanted to watch. Do you find they are biased toward a particular time period, genre, or ilk of cinema? Like Mubi, it also lets you create movie lists and share them with friends. FilmStruck uses Flash Player which only buffers 30 seconds ahead on their site. Filmstruck turned out to be a disappointment for me, mainly because 1) it doesn't have all the Criterion titles (which was a big incentive for me to join in the first place), 2) it has very limited device availability, and 3) it has a shitty (very shitty) user interface and media player. Mubi has its perks though. If I were to pay for a VPN service, can I get around this? Similar in concept to Mubi (see below), Fandor offers films handpicked for hardcore movie buffs.
After spending time with it, it seemed lacking. I'm looking to sign up for one of these streaming services and I was curious if any of you have had experience with any or all of these? After spending time with it, it seemed lacking. I've got both Mubi and FilmStruck. One of them has a Roku app, Fandor.
The main differences are: Fandor.com is subscription based ($10/month), while Mubi employs an a la carte pricing model (between $1-$3 per film). New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. So I just tried to sign up but I discovered a problem: they only offer it in the United States, and I'm in Canada. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Why would they have every title? I've heard one or more of them hosts the Criterion Collection (Filmstruck?). I subscribed to Mubi a couple of months ago for PTA's Junun. But I also don't always have the greatest internet connection (Apartment. JustWatch doesn't work with my IE browser so I use Chrome. A large portion of the films on MUBI and Fandor were too obscure for me. I've learned that I don't really want someone else curating what films are available to me to that extent. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I haven't had many problems with FilmStruck not being able to play properly yet, so that's another plus for them. Mubi focuses on social elements more than Fandor – you follow users and have followers that you can send messages to. Overall it wasn't even an issue, when it came to Mubi vs Fandor, I would pick Mubi every time. FilmStruck pending.
(Although I do enjoy their video essays that they put out on social media) Filmstruck is the obvious choice. What do you guys think? MUBI is a great deal, I do wish they had a native Apps for Apple TV (though AirPlay works) and Roku. Mubi's selection is obviously limited by only showing 30 films at a time.
I only have MUBI but I'm completely happy with it.
There's a FilmStruck subreddit. I subscribe to, and like, both.
The curating is really interesting, that's what I'm paying for actually. I watch via a PC connected to my TV. All the neighbors' wifi signals interfere.)