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.
When it comes to cinema, Mubi thinks less is more. Every day, the streaming service delivers one new movie to its pool of selections, each timed with a month-long expiration date. Fewer choices, fewer questions, and fewer monetary constraints means plentiful discoveries; Would you take a chance on a South Korean romance starring French actress Isabelle Huppert if someone didn't insist you watch it? With monthly picks ranging from '70s Italian expressionism to an Occupy Wall Street doc shot on iPhones, Mubi's staff asks for the trust of their subscribers to shed light on essential film. Its companion "Notebook" blog is both supplemental reading material and evidence of the site's expertise. Mubi will have you dominating dinner party conversation.
Unique Selections: Wong Kar-wai's Fallen Angels, 5 Broken Cameras, and Howl
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