Kino Lorber Launches Now

The already-crowded indie-movie streaming field has gotten even more crowded with the launch of Kino Now from artsy film distributor Kino Lorber.

Kino Now is a rental/purchase service with over 600 titles including new releases, classics, and international films.

Rental prices range from $1.99 for some mostly obscure titles to $4.99 for such currently featured films as Pasolini (2014) starring Willem Dafoe, Mexico’s The Chambermaid (2019) and Jean Luc-Godard’s sci-fi classic Alphaville (1965).

Although Kino Now promises “exclusive early access to new theatrical releases, festival hits and exclusive titles not available on other streaming platforms,” the titles above continue to be available elsewhere. For example, Pasolini can be rented for the same price on Amazon or iTunes, while you can stream Alphaville for just $2.99 from Microsoft or see it free if your library participates in Kanopy.

Before renting any film, we’d suggest checking out possible alternatives through a free online tool like JustWatch or Reelgood.

We’d also suggest checking out the wide range of titles on Kino Now. They’re divided into the categories of “New and Featured,” “Documentaries,” “Festival Hits,” “Classics” and “$1.99 Rentals.”

Kino Now also offers collections under themes like “Episodic Cinema.” This collection includes international TV series like CoinCoin and the Extra-Humans, a sequel to the delightful French series Li’l Quinquin. The four-episode series is available for purchase only, at $11.99.

Other collections include “Documentary Series & Extended Play” (including Joseph Campbell and the The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, six episodes for a $14.99 purchase), “Auteur Collections”(built around world-renowned filmmakers like Lina Wertmüller, with seven movies renting at $4.99 each) and “Pioneers of Cinema” (restorations of the early works of African American and women filmmakers).

Also take note of Kino Now’s curated playlists, which currently include “Euro Horror,” “New York Film Festival Alumni,” “Staff Picks” and “Zeitgeist Films.”

You can access Kino Now at kinonow.com or on Roku, with Apple TV, Amazon Fire and other platforms promised soon.

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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