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Turner sets debut date for SVOD service

Time Warner Inc.'s Turner Broadcasting System Inc. will debut its first domestic subscription video-on-demand service, FilmStruck, on Oct. 19.

The company is currently offering special 14-day free trials for people who sign up at the SVOD website. FilmStruck will be available in three bundles: FilmStruck subscriptions will cost a monthly $6.99; subscribers to FilmStruck and The Criterion Channel will pay $10.99 a month; and annual subscriptions will cost $99 per year, giving users access to both FilmStruck and The Criterion Channel. From Nov. 11, The Criterion Channel will stream exclusively on FilmStruck.

The SVOD service will initially be available only on the web, Amazon.com Inc.'s Fire TV, and devices running Apple Inc.'s iOS and Alphabet Inc.-owned Google Inc.'s Android. Turner plans on launching the service for Apple TV and other platforms and devices in the coming months.

FilmStruck is developed and managed by TCM (US) and Criterion Collection. The content library will feature more than 70 curated programming themes, which will include hosted introductions, originally produced pieces and interviews.