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Our film and video history is threatened by the rise of streaming video

January 10, 2018

As the mass audience gravitates toward the big streaming services, those services have more incentive to focus their streaming inventory on recent and self-produced titles. That threatens the economics of film history. The way that many movie buffs first discovered the glories of cinema history — through serendipity — is evaporating. Several services have sprung up online to serve the classic flm buff audience, but they have to be sought out by those with a preexisting interest in the field — and they each require a separate subscription.