Remember the heyday of movie and television streaming services? Less than six years ago, Hulu courted networks with the promise of a one-stop shop for scarfing down TV, Netflix tried to spin-off it's small streaming catalogue into the ill-fated "Qwikster" site, and Blockbuster sat on the sidelines praying both enterprises would implode. Now we're in the thick of it, powerhouses and budding upstarts competing for movie-lovers' attentions, each with their own exclusive offerings.
Which one's for you? With Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon dominating the conversation, here are 7 options that may not be on your radar.
If the film selection on Netflix skews a little too mainstream, if you've devoured the "major" classics of Hulu's Criterion Collection selection, there's Fandor, a streaming service priding itself on eclectic taste. Culling from film festivals, art houses, international multiplexes, and the dustiest archives in Hollywood, Fandor is the Internet version of that video store brainiac who disappeared when physical renting fizzled out. Say goodbye to the endless task of sifting through options; Fandor curates "Spotlight" recommendations, maintains Keyframe, a companion criticism blog, and keeps "The Fandor Channel," a cycle of pre-programmed films, running around the clock. Not an ideal option for TV fans, but a cinephile's dream come true.
Unique Selections: Andrei Tarkovsky's The Mirror (1975), Django (1966), The Color Wheel (2011)
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