The Film Detective

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The Film Detective
The Film Detective logo.png
Launched2014[1]
Owned byPhil Hopkins (founder)[2][3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaWorldwide
HeadquartersRockport, Massachusetts
Websitethefilmdetective.com
Streaming media
Online streamthefilmdetective.tv
Sling TV24/7 channel (with on demand)
Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TVService app

The Film Detective is a internet television service and vintage film archive based in Rockport, Massachusetts. Programming for the service consists of classic feature films as well as some classic television programs. Many of the titles shown are public domain and have been restored by The Film Detective.

History[edit]

The company was founded in December 2013[4] by veteran film archivist and collector Philip Hopkins, previously a co-founder of Marengo Films[5] and a co-founder at Film Chest, where he oversaw the first-ever Blu-ray restoration of the Orson Welles film The Stranger and was instrumental in recovering the library of noted film collector Elvin Feltner.[6]

Programming[edit]

The service has over 3,000 titles which include classic Westerns, Mystery, Family, Horror, Mystery, Family, Film Noir, Cult Classics, Silents, Shorts and Documentaries. Many are seldom seen titles. This includes B movie titles. Titles are made available by the Film Detective for broadcast, theatrical, Blu-ray and streaming.[2][7]

Services[edit]

The Film Detective offers various ways to watch their services. The online streaming option can viewed for free with ads or commercial free with a subscription.

On May 31, 2018, The Film Detective launched a 24/7 channel on the Sling TV streaming service. Included as part of Sling TV's “Hollywood Extra” add-on, the service also includes on demand programming from The Film Detective. With the carriage on Sling TV, the service is available as an option to over two million subscribers.[7][8] The 24/7 channel is similar in format and programming to 1980's Nostalgia Channel.

Currently, the service is supported on various platforms such as web, iOS and streaming devices Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iconic, Classic Films To Be Restored By The Film Detective And Distributed By Allied Vaughn". Irish Film Critic. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  2. ^ a b "Restoring the Classics: Phil Hopkins on Blu-ray Restoration Label the Film Detective". rogerebert.com. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  3. ^ "Streaming out of Rockport: Local film company to show classic movies online". The Salem News. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  4. ^ "Interview With Philip Hopkins of The Film Detective". Out of The Past. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  5. ^ "Double Vision - Entrepreneurs Take Their Love of Classic Movies to Double Feature DVD". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  6. ^ "He's on the Hunt for Lost Movie Treasures". Boston.com. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  7. ^ a b "Sling TV Adds 3,000 Classic Movies to Their On-Demand Lineup". Cord Cutters News. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  8. ^ "The Film Detective Expands Sling's Movie Library". whatsonsling.com. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  9. ^ "Our Apps". thefilmdetective.tv. Retrieved 2018-06-02.

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