If you’re like me, you love old movies, but the number of titles you feel are worth the $15-20 typically charged for archival releases — even the print-on-demand ones — are rather limited, and so your collection remains small. But what if you could have access to an ever-expanding online library of niche archive titles for a low monthly fee?
Warner has found a new way to expand its deep catalog by doing what Criterion did with Hulu: forming a partnership with Roku for Warner Archive Instant, a Netflix-style service that brings the classics right to your home over the net.
Warner Archive Instant is the new streaming service of the Warner Archive (WarnerArchive.com). Warner Archive Instant lets you instantly view hundreds of rare and hard-to-find movies, TV shows and cartoons, culled from Warner Bros. library – the largest entertainment library in the world. Now is your chance to discover – and rediscover – rare movies and TV shows you can’t find anywhere else (and some favorites you can) from Warner Bros., MGM, RKO, New Line, Monogram, Allied Artists, Lorimar and more
Right now the service is in beta, and invite-only, but there’s a ton of great stuff on there that isn’t available on other services, like the George Reeves Superman, Gilligan’s Island, craptastic movies like Taste the Blood of Dracula, and the unaired pilot “Planet Earth” by Gene Roddenberry (starring John Saxon) that later became Andromeda 20 years down the line.
Another feature that sets the Warner Archive Instant apart from other services is the “Showcase,” carefully designed playlists revolving around a theme. Right now, the service is only available on Roku and through your web browser, but Warner expects to expand to additional platforms in the future. If I had to guess, Apple TV/iOS support will be a priority, along with other popular streaming boxes like WDTV and Smart TVs/Blu-ray players. Unfortunately, game consoles are probably less of a priority given the demographics. We’ll have more information on the Warner Archive Instant service in the near future, so stay tuned.
Site: [Warner Archive Instant]