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A movie lover’s dream, the Criterion Channel offers classics and discoveries from around the world, thematically programmed with special features, on a streaming service brought to you by the Criterion Collection.

With constantly refreshed selections of Hollywood, international, art-house, and independent movies, plus access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of more than 1,000 important classic and contemporary films, there’s something new to choose from every day of the week on the Criterion Channel. Start with Sunday Spotlights on directors, stars, genres, and themes; Tuesday’s Short + Feature; or the Friday double bill. Try out our 15-minute-a-month film school, Observations on Film Art, or choose from suggestions by friends like Barry Jenkins, Guillermo del Toro, or Mira Nair. Go deep with the Criterion Collection’s archive of special features for context that no other service can match.


- The Criterion Collection’s streaming library, including many complete editions released on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as unreleased titles
- Ongoing programs of Hollywood, international, art-house, independent, documentary, and short films, including thematic programming, director and star retrospectives, and guest-curated series
- Original Criterion Channel series such as Observations on Film Art, Adventures in Moviegoing, and Art-House America
- Supplemental features to deepen your appreciation of the art of film, including audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, scholarly analyses, introductions, new and archival interviews, and trailers

To access all features and content you can subscribe to The Criterion Channel on a monthly or yearly basis with an auto-renewing subscription right inside the app.* Pricing can vary by region and will be confirmed before purchase in the app. In app subscriptions will automatically renew at the end of their cycle.

* All payments will be paid through your iTunes Account and may be managed under Account Settings after the initial payment. Subscription payments will automatically renew unless deactivated at least 24-hours before the end of the current cycle. Your account will be charged for renewal at least 24-hours prior to the end of the current cycle. Any unused portion of your free trial will be forfeited upon payment. Cancellations are incurred by disabling auto-renewal.

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Version History

Launched Apr 07, 2019 (over 1 year ago).

Releasing new versions every 28 days, on average.

Jul 26
Version 5.901.1

- Improvements to analytics
- Fixed an issue affecting background audio for some users
- Fixed an issue affecting closed caption for some users
- Feature enhancements and bug fixes

May 27
Version 5.800.1

- Optimizations for content-loading
- Improvements to error messaging
- Fixes for Chromecast streaming for certain users
- Bug fixes and stability improvements

Apr 29
Version 5.701.1

- Addresses an issue that was affecting downloads for offline on iOS 11 and 12
- Fixes some intermittent issues with subtitles
- Fixes deep-linking to specific videos
- Performance improvements

Apr 21
Version 5.700.1

Performance enhancements and stability improvements

Mar 09
Version 5.610

Accessibility improvements to voice control
Stability improvements and bug fixes

Feb 14
Version 5.501

Support for Spanish, German, French, and Portuguese user interfaces
Improvements to continuous playback
Improved metadata on videos
Increased character support while searching
Stability improvements

Jan 30
Version 5.302.2

Performance improvements

Nov 15
Version 5.302

Stability improvements and bug fixes

Oct 31
Version 5.300

Improvements to Extras
Improvements to My List
UX enhancements to video player
Stability improvements and bug fixes

Sep 09
Version 5.200

Enhanced subtitle support
Subtitle preference setting now persists across all videos
Enhanced support request functionality
Fixed a bug with Extras not displaying properly
Fixed a bug that left locks on screen on some videos after signing up

Aug 15
Version 5.100

- UX enhancements and stability improvements
- Improved contact form
- Optimizations for offline downloaded videos

Jun 29
Version 4.951

Performance enhancements and stability improvements

Jun 28
Version 4.950

Updates to sign-up flow
Performance enhancements and stability improvements

Jun 04
Version 4.943

Performance enhancements and stability improvements

May 25
Version 4.942

Performance enhancements and stability improvements

May 09
Version 4.941

This release includes:
• Chromecast support (some limitations may still apply depending on your device)
• Airplay adjustments
• Improved download manager & offline sync
• UX improvements

Apr 09
Version 4.920.3

Updated branding.

Apr 08
Version 4.920

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