For film fans, the Criterion Collection
needs very little introduction. For over three decades, the company has specialized in releasing the most scholarly, best-packaged, and most impeccably produced editions of notable classic and recent films from the U.S. and around the world. After five years of offering its films on Hulu, Criterion recently joined with Turner Classic Movies to create their very own streaming channel within the Filmstruck app
. (Click here
for our interview with Filmstruck’s Charlie Tabesh). We spoke to Criterion Collection President Peter Becker about his goals for the channel, his views on special features (which Criterion essentially invented back in the early ‘80s), and his opinion on how offering films via streaming affects the company’s business model.