I ran a poll on Twitter recently about what changes would help you, silent film fans, watch more silent movies next year. I thought I would offer the same choices to readers of the site with the added flexibility of the poll system I use. (Twitter polls are notoriously limiting.)
Which option do you think would get you to watch more silent movies in 2019?— Movies Silently (@MoviesSilently) December 13, 2018
As you can see, more options for streaming handily won. This is significant as two of the major sources for silent film streaming in the USA market, FilmStruck and Fandor, both threw in the sponge in 2018. Fandor’s assets were bought up and we do not yet know who bought them. FilmStruck’s classic films will allegedly show up on Warner Bros’s new streaming service but I won’t hold my breath for any kind of deep selection.
(I was around when streaming launched and there used to be tons of great classic films available on major services like Netflix and Hulu, which is what lured me into signing on in the first place. They quickly dried up. Fool me once…)
(And remember, Kanopy is not available to everyone and YouTube has zero quality control.)
But I want to hear from you. Which of these options do you think would increase your diet of silent films next year? You can pick up to two choices. Thanks for participating!
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