UK film organisation BFI has unveiled its new subscription service, BFI Player+ offering a library of British films and world cinema offerings, for a rolling £4.99 per month fee. The new service will sit within the existing VoD service BFI Player.
The BFI created the BFI Player+ around user feedback, and it is designed to complement the mainstream services in the UK to meet the demand for a service celebrating a century of cinema.
“We are passionate about bringing great cinema to audiences – it’s at the core of everything the BFI does – and BFI Player+ does exactly that,” said Edward Humphrey, digital director at the BFI. “We bring a unique approach to subscription services: expertly curated cinema that takes audiences on a journey through the very best of film, from its early masterpieces through to contemporary greats. It’s brilliant that leading critic, Mark Kermode is as passionate about BFI Player+ as we are, and will be introducing a key film each week to help our subscribers discover outstanding cinematic gems.”
From launch, BFI Player+ will have in the region of 300 titles available to stream, with films grouped to enable browsing around genres, collections and directors. In addition to the usual genres, the library includes films that are near-impossible to see anywhere else, as well as extraordinary examples of artist’s film and video work in the Experimenta category.
BFI Player+ is also focused on reflecting the cultural output of the BFI, with collections also grouped around BFI festivals such as the BFI London Film Festival, and also BFI Flare LGBT film festival, as well as major projects such as 2014’s SCI-FI or 2015’s Love blockbuster seasons.
As part of its unique approach to curated cinema, every Friday BFI Player+ will feature an exclusive weekly video recommendation from one of the UK film critic Mark Kermode. Each week Mark will select a key title from the BFI Player+ collections and show why it’s a film not to be missed. The series commences with Kermode’s introduction to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Lodger (pictured).