BFI Player Classics, a version of which is already available in the UK, will showcase Brit classics such as The Third Man, Brighton Rock, The Wicker Man and The Man Who Fell to Earth on The Roku Channel. The offering launches with approximately 140 British or British co-production films, picked by BFI experts.
Among the prestige filmmakers with films on the service are Alfred Hitchcock, John Schlesinger, Ken Russell, Lindsay Anderson, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Nicolas Roeg, Ridley Scott, Sally Potter and Terence Davies. The launch programme includes films from distributors BFI, Lionsgate and Studiocanal.
Customers will have access to a seven-day free trial, after which it will automatically turn into a paid subscription for $5.99/month. After the initial launch phase, the BFI says it will look to work with more U.