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On September 15, 2017, an article showed up in our Twitter feed that intrigued me: “Netflix, Streaming Video and the Slow Death of the Classic Film“. I read it and while everything written regarding Netflix is true, the writers only identified two streaming services for classic film. If you are of the opinion that Netflix is the end all, be all of streaming services, you can stop reading right now. If you are interested in where you can find classic movies online keep reading.
The primary goal of our site, Classic Movie Treasures, is help fans and newbies alike find classic movies to stream online and purchase digitally or on DVD or Blu-Ray.
We focus on four providers, Amazon Instant Video, FandangoNow, iTunes and for those who want to own a DVD or Blu-Ray copy of a movie, Turner Classic Movie Shop. The prices begin at 99 cents and go up from there.
In the Newsweek article, the writers point out that you have to rent or purchase these movies individually instead of in a monthly subscription fee. This is true, however, the average movie ticket price at the end of 2016 was $8.51 per person. If you add in popcorn, candy, and a drink, you can spend about $20 per person per movie so $2.99 (average price on Amazon Instant Video) to rent a movie and stream online doesn’t seem like a bad deal.
As to the statement “Streaming rights are expensive”, this may be true for Netflix (that continues to lose money) however, other services don’t seem to have an issue with it.
Our guess as to the real reason Netflix doesn’t have a classic films selection is that the “powers that be” are not classic movie fans and have no idea how large the fan base is, actually.
So if you are open to other services instead of Netflix and want to see beyond the “a strange conundrum: The internet promises a century’s worth of multimedia output at your fingertips but ruthlessly privileges whatever got released yesterday”, you need to check out our classic movie database which has links to online providers of films as early as 1927 (Wings) to as recent as 1985 ( A Room with a View).
Did you visit our database and not find your favorite classic movie? Let us know in the comment section below and we will get it added if it is available through our providers.
Our Thoughts on the Newsweek Article “Netflix, Streaming Video and the Slow Death of the Classic Film”