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UPDATE (April 16): Film Streams' cinemas are temporarily closed in consideration of public health concerns and community-wide efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. MORE INFO

Home Movies FAQ

With our cinemas temporarily closed, we are excited to collaborate with some terrific distributors to bring a bit of the Film Streams experience to your home. A portion of each Home Movies rental will benefit Film Streams.

Having trouble with your digital rental? Please read on for answers to common questions.

Q: HOW DO I WATCH THE FILMS?

A: Our Home Movies offerings will be available through the individual distributors’ websites and streaming services, including:

Row8
Our Mothers
Cost: $11.99
Rental period: 48 hours
Also: Free account required. More FAQs here.
KinoNow
Bacurau, Sorry We Missed You, Extra Ordinary, Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Cost: $12
Rental period: 5 days
Also: Free account required. For more help, email KinoNow here.
VHX.TV
The Times of Bill Cunningham, The Booksellers, The Whistlers, Deerskin
Cost: $12
Rental period: 48 hours
Also: Free account required. The purchase process will include an option to make a donation to Film Streams. Our sincere thanks go to all who donate.
Oscilloscope
Saint Frances, CatVideoFest
Cost: $10 (SAINT FRANCES), $5 suggested donation (CATVIDEOFEST)
Rental period: 3 days
Also: More FAQs here.
Vimeo OnDemand
Fantastic Fungi, Satantango, NYICFF Kids Flicks
Cost: $4.99 (rental), $14.99 (purchase)
Rental period: 48 hours
Also: More information here.
Film Movement Plus
Corpus Christi, Rififi, Band of Outsiders
Cost: $12
Rental period: 3 days
Also: FAQ here.
PaulineKaelMovie.com
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
Cost: $12
Rental period: through May 31
Also: More FAQs here.

Q: I JUST PURCHASED THE FILM, BUT I DON'T SEE HOW TO WATCH IT?

A: First, check your email to make sure your purchase went through. For many platforms, your confirmation email should have a link to watch the film.

Q: HOW DO I WATCH ON MY SMART TV?

A: By far, it is easiest to watch these films from your computer or smart device, but we found a few tips for smart TV users:

Chromecast

You should be able to cast a video from your computer or smart device (phone, tablet) using the following steps:

  • Open the movie on your device (computer, tablet, or phone)
  • At the bottom right of the screen you should see the casting icon. It looks like this: casting icon on mobile device
  • If you don’t see that icon and you’re casting from a computer in the Chrome browser, you can open the menu in the upper right corner of the window (or the View menu) and select “Cast”
  • Once you select that button, it should give you the option to select a nearby device, so you’d then select your Chromecast. If you don’t see your Chromecast, make sure both devices are on the same wireless network

You can find more details on the Chromecast website.

Apple TV

You should be able to do that using AirPlay:

  • Open the movie on your iPhone or iPad
  • At the bottom right of the video window you should see the AirPlay icon. It looks like this: AirPlay icon
  • Once you tap the icon, select “Apple TV” from the list of devices

And that should be it! You can also find these instructions and more information on the Apple website.

Roku

You should be able to cast a video from your computer or device (computer, tablet, or phone) using the following steps:

  • Open the movie on your device
  • At the bottom right of the screen you should see the casting icon. It looks like this: casting icon on mobile device
  • Once you select that button, it should give you the option to select a nearby device, so you’d then select your Roku/Chromecast.
  • If you don’t see your Roku/Chromecast, make sure both devices are on the same wireless network. The channel should launch automatically and playback will begin!


Watching from an App on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, etc

Some Smart TVs will let you download Apps from distributors on to your smart TV – then you can sign in to the app and watch the film through the app. Learn how to download an App on Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Firestick.