Film Movement Plus Streaming Service Launches on Prime Video Channels

Film Movement’s streaming service, Film Movement Plus, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary, Dec. 15 became available to Prime Video customers via Prime Video Channels in the United States.  

The service is priced at $5.99 per month, with a seven-day free trial for eligible new subscribers. New titles will be added each week.

The Film Movement catalog features a curated collection of independent and world cinema, cult and arthouse classics, documentaries and North American exclusives.

Films available at launch on the Prime Video Channel include dozens of exclusives, such as Diamond Island, directed by Davy Chou (Return to Seoul); Holy Beasts with Geraldine Chaplin and Udo Kier; Mario Martone’s The Mayor of Rione Sanita; Hellhole, directed by Bas Devos (Here); Wayne Wang’s While the Women Were Sleeping; Claire Darling starring Catherine Deneuve; and the New York Times Critic’s Pick documentary Faith, the final film by Valentina Pedicini.

Critically lauded films from some of today’s most talented auteurs will be available as well, including A White White Day directed by Hlynur Pálmason (Godland); Koji Fukada’s A Girl Missing; Ciro Guerra’s The Wind Journeys; Diao Yinan’s The Wild Goose Lake; Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book; Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond’s My Little Sister; and Bruce LaBruce’s Saint-Narcisse. Award-winning documentaries include David Osit’s Mayor; Philippe Bellaiche’s and Rachel Leah Jones’ Advocate; and James Crump’s Antonio Lopez: Sex Fashion & Disco. Digitally-restored classics include Sergio Corbucci’s The Great Silence, Ang Lee’s theatrical debut Pushing Hands (available Dec. 15), Lee Tamahori’s Once Were Warriors, and Ming-liang Tsai’s Vive L’Amour.

Each month, Film Movement Plus will be updated with new exclusives and streaming premieres. Coming Dec. 22 is the exclusive premiere of The Inner Cage, a Venice competition title directed by Leonardo Di Costanzo and starring Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty), and on Dec. 29, Sonia Braga in the film that made her an international star, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, directed by Bruno Barreto. Also coming in December are Hirokazu Kore-eda’s After the Storm and The Third Murder; Naji Abu Nowar’s Academy-Award nominee Theeb; Takeshi Kitano’s Hana-Bi (Firesworks); Cathy Yan’s Dead Pigs; and Marleen Gorris’s Oscar winner Antonia’s Line.

Coming in January are Philipp Stölzl’s Chess Story, starring Oliver Masucci; Laura Wandel’s Oscar-shortlisted drama Playground; and exclusives including Asimina Proedrou’s Behind the Haystacks, Greece’s official submission for this year’s Best International Picture Academy Award, and Claudio Noce’s Italian drama Padrenostro, winner of a Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival for Pierfrancesco Favino.

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“Since 2002, Film Movement’s objective has been to acquire cinematic gems from around the world and share them with American audiences.  And, for the past five years, Film Movement Plus has given us a broad platform to serve cineastes with curated cinema wherever they may be,” Michael Rosenberg, president of Film Movement, said in a statement. “By launching our service on Prime Video via Prime Video Channels, we make it even easier for customers to enjoy our films and find the many titles that are only available on Film Movement Plus.”

Crunchyroll Anime Streaming Service Available on Prime Video Channels

The Crunchyroll anime subscription service is now available via Prime Video Channels in the United States, Canada, Sweden and the United Kingdom with additional territories to follow throughout 2024.

Prime members can select from two Crunchyroll channel memberships: Fan ($7.99 per month in the U.S.) or Mega Fan ($9.99 per month in the U.S.), both of which allow customers to stream the entire Crunchyroll library ad-free, while enjoying new episodes shortly after release in Japan. At launch, Mega Fan subscribers can also download titles for offline viewing, with additional non-video benefits to be added shortly. Crunchyroll subscribers have access to a large library of anime of 24,000 hours, 46,000 episodes, and more than 1,300 series and films.

“Crunchyroll offers an anime adventure for every kind of fan. From sports to romantic comedy, horror and action to slice-of-life, even the anime-curious can get immersed in our library,” Terry Li, EVP of emerging business at Crunchyroll, said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming new fans into the anime community through our launch on Prime Video Channels.”

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“Prime Video already offers an unparalleled collection of premium entertainment, including third-party channels so customers can enjoy their favorite movies and series directly on Prime Video,” Matt Cohen, head of content acquisition and partnerships, Prime Video Channels, said in a statement. “With the addition of Crunchyroll to Prime Video Channels, Prime members can now easily stream anime content on Prime Video.”

Crunchyroll serves fans in more than 200 countries and territories with a dedicated anime library, along with theatrical, events and experiential, games, consumer products, and more.

Season 22 of ‘America’s Test Kitchen’ Available on PBS Living Channel in February

Season 22 of the Emmy-nominated show “America’s Test Kitchen,” the most watching cooking show on public television known for its cooking tips, techniques and advice, is headed to the PBS Living channel in February.

The subscription rate for PBS Living is $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS Living is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99 per month with no additional annual fees.

In the 22nd season of “America’s Test Kitchen,” which starts streaming Feb. 11, hosts Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison, along with their team of test cooks, bring viewers more foolproof recipes and the results of exhaustive equipment reviews and taste tests. Viewers join the test kitchen cooks as they explore recipes from different cuisines, including Jewish baking, Italian-inspired dinners, Chinese comforts, Spanish fare, Armenian dishes and more. Recipes include Yeasted Doughnuts, Broiled Chicken with Gravy, Vegan Baja-Style Cauliflower Tacos, Goan Pork Vindaloo, Browned Butter Blondies, Bulgogi and other dishes. 

Also available on the PBS Living channel starting Feb. 24 is “The Life of Loi: Mediterranean Secrets.”

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HBO Max Returns to Prime Video Channels

Warner Bros. Discovery and Amazon Dec. 6 announced that HBO Max is once again available on Prime Video Channels in the United States — two years after departing the platform that affords Prime members access to third-party streaming services.

When AT&T-owned WarnerMedia launched Max in 2020, it couldn’t/wouldn’t come to fiscal terms with Amazon (and separately Roku) for the nascent SVOD service — an impasse that reportedly ended up costing Max almost 2 million subscribers who accessed the service via Prime.

AT&T CEO John Stankey, who  blamed Amazon’s strong-armed negotiating for the decision, which reportedly included control of Max subscriber user data, earlier this year defended the decision.

“I feel it was the right decision,” Stankey said on the January fiscal call. “I think it will even be more the right decision in a post-Discovery merger environment, as the [combined Warner Bros. Discovery] offer only gets stronger that’s in the market and the content that’s available. At the end of the day, you want full control of your customers.”

HBO, HBO Max and Discovery+ ended the most-recent fiscal period with 94.5 million combined subscribers.

Prime members can sign up for Max for $14.99 per month. Subscribers will have access to 15,000 hours of curated premium content. Additionally, subs will have access to the expanded content offering that will be available in Warner Bros. Discovery’s enhanced streaming service when it launches next year.

Warner Bros. Discovery is committed to making HBO Max available to as broad an audience as possible while also advancing our data-driven approach to understanding our customers and best serving their viewing interests,” Bruce Campbell, chief revenue and strategy officer for Warner Bros. Discovery, said in a statement.

Upcoming Max programming includes the third and final season of the original drama series “His Dark Materials,” the second season of “Gossip Girl,” the four part docuseries “Branson,” the fourth season of “Doom Patrol (on Dec. 8), the original concert special,”Lizzo: Live in Concert” (Dec. 31), and the premiere of the original drama series “The Last of Us” (Jan. 15, 2023), based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name.

Prime members can subscribe with no extra apps to download beyond Prime Video, and no cable required by visiting amazon.com/channels/hbomax.

New Volumes of ‘Pinkalicious & Peterrific’ and ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ Headed to PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in September

New volumes of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” are available on the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in September.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Viewers can also stream full episodes of shows for free on PBS Kids.

Four episodes in vol. 13 of “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” start streaming Sept. 30. The animated series follows Pinkalicious Pinkerton and her brother Peter as they explore Pinkville and imagine creative possibilities everywhere they look. “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” encourages children ages 3-5 to engage in self-expression and creative arts, covering areas such as music, dance, theater and visual arts. In “Walking Tall,” one of the episodes featured in vol. 13, Pinkalicious and Peter’s babysitter teaches the kids how to walk on stilts.

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Four episodes in vol. 21 of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” are streaming now. In the series, 4-year-old Daniel Tiger invites young viewers ages 2-4 into his world, giving them a kid’s-eye view of his life. The Emmy-winning animated preschool program is in its 10th year on PBS Kids and models age-appropriate life lessons and practical skills for young children.  Vol. 21 includes episodes from the new sixth season, including “Jodi Tries Ballet,” which showcases Daniel and his friends learning to dance ballet.

Also, a special back-to-school-themed carousel has launched on the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel featuring back-to-school-themed programs. In “Arthur: Arthur’s First Day,” viewers experience his first day of fourth grade. In “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes to School,” Daniel experiences all the excitement of going to school. In “Hero Elementary: First Day of School,” the heroes meets each other for the very first time. In “Pinkalicious & Peterrific: School Rules!,” Pinkalicious is chosen to sing a solo in the class concert. In “Super Why! Super School Stories,” viewers join Whyatt and his friends as they use their superpowers to teach spelling and vocabulary. Also available are “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to School” and “PBS Kids: Love Math & Science.”

‘Masterpiece Mystery! — Endeavour,’ More ‘Walter Presents’ Series Headed to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in June

Seven new international programs arrive on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in June, including the new season of “Masterpiece Mystery! — Endeavour.”

The subscription rate for the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel is $5.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Season eight of “Masterpiece Mystery! — Endeavour” premieres June 19 with three episodes of the English crime drama. In the season, it’s 1971 and our heroes investigate suspected IRA retaliations, the murder of a local cab driver, and the peculiar killing of a college fellow, which results in putting one of their own in imminent danger. As Endeavour shows signs of a struggle with his inner demons, the team wonders if he is beyond the point of no return.

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Season two of the German crime drama “Walter Presents: A Murder of Crows” debuts June 10. In the program, inspector Martin Brühl must uncover the mysterious truth in the case of a missing 4-year-old boy. However, the young woman claiming to be the boy’s mother is said to have  a head injury leaving her with a distorted sense of reality and severely delusional. With this new information, the case is filed away. But Inspector Brühl cannot seem to let the investigation go, and as he continues to dig deeper, surprising clues about the boy and the woman begin to emerge.  

The four-episode Italian historical drama “Walter Presents: Luisa Spagnoli” debuts June 17. It follows the rise of the  Italian businesswoman famous for creating a women’s fashion line and the world-famous chocolate brand, Perugina. It’s true story of the rags to riches life of the world-famous Italian chocolatier and fashion designer who blazed a trail for working women in the early 20th century. In 1920’s Perugia, Italy, Luisa Spagnoli is a woman of humble origins who, with great determination, decides to take over a small pastry shop on the verge of bankruptcy. Teeming with entrepreneurial spirit and endowed with extraordinary modernity and creativity, she establishes herself as a leading businesswoman and visionary, revolutionizing candy and chocolate from a luxury product of the rich, into one accessible for all.

Other titles on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in June include “Walter Presents: The Paris Murders,” season four; “Walter Presents: The Wagner Method,” due June 10; “Walter Presents: The First Forgotten,” available June 17; “Hotel Portofino,”coming June 19; and “Walter Presents: Leo Mattei — Special Unit,” seasons one and two, due June 24.

Two Docs About Ukraine Added to PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel

The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel has added two programs that deliver historical background on how the current situation has unfolded in Ukraine.   

Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin is a new documentary profile of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It charts the rise of the comedian, actor and entertainer who became the improbable wartime leader. It explores the man behind the series of game-changing media appearances which have encapsulated the defiant response of a nation. 

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Frontline: Putin’s Road to War follows the inside story of what led to Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine. It presents the events that shaped the Russian leader, the grievances that drive him, and how a growing conflict with the West exploded into war in Europe.

Ken Burns Doc ‘Benjamin Franklin’ Headed to PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel April 4

A new two-part documentary directed by Ken Burns, Benjamin Franklin, will launch on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel April 4.

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The program explores the life and work of one of the most consequential figures in American history — a prolific writer and publisher, a groundbreaking scientist and inventor, a world-renowned diplomat and a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. This dramatic re-creation of Franklin’s mind and world is scripted exclusively with Franklin’s own words, preserved from letters and diaries, bringing to life intimate conversations with the viewer. 

In addition to Emmy-Award winning Mandy Patinkin providing the voice of Franklin, Benjamin Franklin includes interviews with some of the country’s leading scholars of early American history, including Franklin biographer Walter Isaacson, who also served as a senior advisor to the project.

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Franklin, whose life has been celebrated as a quintessential American story, was anything but typical. His 84 years spanned nearly the entirety of the 18th century — an epoch of revolutionary change in science, technology, literature, politics and government — change that Franklin himself helped to advance. He launched the first public library in America, organized a volunteer fire company, and founded an academy that eventually became the University of Pennsylvania. His annual publication, “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” set a model for future humorists such as Mark Twain and contained maxims that are still part of our shared lexicon. There were also his famous experiments with electricity, which led to one of his most important inventions — the lightning rod.

Season 2 of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Streaming Jan. 9 on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel

Season two of “All Creatures Great and Small” will be available to stream on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel on Jan. 9.

Subscribers can binge season one now on the  PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel.

With an ensemble cast headed by Nicholas Ralph (“The Most Reluctant Convert”) as James Herriot, the series also stars Academy Award-winner Rachel Shenton (“The Silent Child”) as Helen Alderson, Samuel West as James’s charismatic but eccentric boss, Callum Woodhouse as Siegfried’s womanizing and carefree younger brother, Anna Madeley as Mrs. Hall and newly added cast member Olivier Award-winning actress Patricia Hodge (“A Very English Scandal”) as Mrs. Pumphrey.

The climax of season one saw Helen call off her impending wedding to wealthy landowner Hugh (Matthew Lewis, “Harry Potter”), after having developed a close friendship with James. After working hard to become accepted by the local farmers and prove himself indispensable, James became a senior vet in the Skeldale House veterinary practice. Following years of half-hearted effort, Tristan believed he had finally passed his veterinary exams. Siegfried, however, learned that Tristan failed once again, but didn’t have the heart to tell him. Meanwhile, Mrs. Hall was heartbroken when she was unable to reconnect with her estranged son.

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As season two opens, James returns from Glasgow where he has been visiting his parents for Easter. While there, he is offered a job at a modern local veterinary practice and must decide between staying home in Glasgow with his elderly parents or returning to his new life in Yorkshire.

Docs on Martin Luther King Jr., American Culture and History Streaming on PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in December

Documentaries on Martin Luther King Jr. and American culture and history are among the programs coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in December.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. During a special promotional period Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel will be available for new subscribers for 99¢ per month for two months.

In Remembrance of Martin, streaming now, brings together influential figures to discuss the legacy and life of one of Martin Luther King Jr. Coretta Scott King joins the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Julian Bond, Jimmy Carter, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Senator Edward Kennedy, John Lewis, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Andrew Young as they recall King’s career and trace his leadership through the civil rights movement. The film includes portions of King’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech.

President Eisenhower’s granddaughter and Nikita Kruschev’s son give their personal recollections of growing up in Cold War Roadshow, from “American Experience,” which begins streaming Dec. 17. Told through the eyes of historian William Taubman and journalist Peter Carlson, as well as Susan Eisenhower and Sergei Khrushchev, Cold War Roadshow takes a deeply personal look at the often-overlooked human dimensions of the Cold War. The documentary tells the story of one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history — the unprecedented barnstorming across America in the fall of 1959 by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of communism and America’s arch nemesis. At the very height of the Cold War, with American schoolchildren practicing duck-and-cover drills, the man who Americans feared could incinerate them in a rain of hydrogen bombs arrived in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of President Eisenhower. For both men, the visit was an opportunity to halt the escalating threats of the Cold War and chart a new course toward peaceful coexistence. For the American press, it was the media blockbuster story of the year.

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POV: Unapologetic, which starts streaming Dec. 28, follows two black political activists who are working and succeeding in leading a movement to transform Chicago. In the program, viewers meet Janaé and Bella, two fierce abolitionists whose upbringing and experiences shape their activism and views on Black liberation. Through their lens, the film provides an inside look into the ongoing movement that transformed Chicago, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of mayor Lori Lightfoot. Unapologetic is an official 2021 selection of TIFF Next Wave.

Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in December include: Animal Homes Season 1 (“Nature”), Animal Misfits (“Nature”), The Buddha, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension (“Nova”), The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies, Invasion of the Killer Whales (“Nature”), The Iranian Americans, The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone (“Secrets of the Dead”), Making Stuff Season 1, Mister Rogers and Me, Operation Bridge Rescue, Panama Canal (“American Experience”), Sacred, The Sagebrush Sea (“Nature”), A Sloth Named Velcro (“Nature”), Snow Monkeys (“Nature”), Super Hummingbirds (“Nature”), Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch (“Nature”),  and Transatlantic Sessions: The Best of Folk Vol. 1.