Shout! Factory TV has found a niche in the streaming world that only it is uniquely qualified to fill. Get ready to throw out all of those weird DVD box sets for shows you never actually watch, but thought at 3 a.m. on Amazon would be good to own.
Shout! Factory’s online platform, Shout! Factory TV, works a lot like Hulu, where featured content is ad-supported, and therefore free to consumers. Though it is only on a desktop version for now, Shout! Factory plans to expand to a mobile device app soon (you can access it on mobile currently via your web browser). It also allows its content to stream via Roku players, where you can watch one show at a time for 99 cents each.
Beginning with today’s launch, the site will host over 2,500 hours of classic television and movies, including Mystery Science Theater 3000, Father Knows Best, and The Twilight Zone. It also has a variety of comedy specials, 16 films and documentaries from the Werner Herzog collection, and Roger Corman‘s cult classics.
A few other series and movies of note: A Room with a View, Death of a Salesman, Stagecoach, and The Trip to Bountiful. There are also a lot of weird series that have been lost to the sands of time for many, like The Weird Al Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and many more.
Shout is smart to transition over to streaming, where viewers are more likely to want to dive into the catalogue without having to make an upfront purchase. I mean, the Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Turkey Day Marathon? It’s certainly worth exploring.