After a few weeks of beta testing, Warner Brothers has launched their Warner Archive Instant streaming service live this week. A spinoff from their successful Warner Archives burn-on-demand DVD and blu-ray business, the Instant will bring the same deep catalog titles from Warner Bros., MGM, RKO, Allied Artists and more to online streaming.
The service will cost $9.99, a price that is a little hard to reconcile with the fact that currently Warner only has a little over a hundred titles available, though I would imagine that as time goes on Warners will be adding new titles into the mix. They already have over 1,500 titles in the regular Warner Archive catalog that are available, so it shouldn’t be too hard to start migrating them over to the streaming service as well.
Currently, you will be able to stream films via a PC or Mac or with a Roku set-top device, with the Roku being the only way to watch any of the films in 720p or 1080p.