Classic movie provider Warner Archive plans to join the list of streaming services with its own Warner Archive Instant program, which is currently in closed beta testing before a general launch sometime later in 2013. The service will allow subscribers to stream classic films and television programs through their computers and Roku streaming devices, with many titles that are unavailable from other providers like Netflix and Amazon.
Approved beta testers can currently see films like "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1955), "A Face in the Crowd" (1957), and "Gun Crazy" (1950), along with other selections starring John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Spencer Tracy, and other stars of classic cinema. Selected titles are also available in HD. Classic television series included in the beta selection are "Gilligan's Island," "77 Sunset Strip," and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
Further details about the official launch of the streaming service are not yet available, but Warner Archive's arrival on the streaming scene should be great news for classic movie fans. Warner Archive has already proved a boon to classic movie buffs by providing made-to-order DVDs of rare classic films, and it recently began producing a limited number of Blu-ray releases, as well. Check the official Warner Archive site for more about the company's products and current special offers.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is now available in paperback and Kindle editions at Amazon.