Everything on the Criterion Channel is not just "Janus, IFC or the few 'limited streaming engagements' - which have always been already released Criterion titles". For example the the Athina Rachel Tsangari titles. They are still in print from Strand Releasing and start with the the Strand title sequence. There is no reason to think that if a Shout! or Kino title showed up, they necessarily had lost the rights either.
A much better distinction is between the titles is between the ones that start with the Criterion Collection or Janus title sequence (which covers all the Janus and limited streaming engagements of already released titles, as well as many of the IFC titles) and the titles that begin with the Criterion Channel title sequence (which covers many of the IFC titles not already released, the Shout! Cormans, many of the Tuesday short films). They are making a clear distinction themselves that the Criterion Channel titles are exclusive to the online channel. Now this doesn't mean that they are not going to physically release Flight of the Red Balloon or Touching the Void in the future, but it's definitely not a surefire bet.
Thanks for sort of clearing that up. Perhaps if I could ever get Filmstruck's site to work again for me, I wouldn't be as reliant on others.
For the forthcoming list - I'm adding everything that ends up on the Criterion channel - as I'm treating that as though Criterion have the rights. As it at least shows an interest in the title + perchance they might release it at some point. If I were to do anything else, it would become far too complicated.
As to The Party - I still find it rather odd that there's other MGM films on Filmstruck, but not on the Criterion channel. I assume its not playable just yet (to see how it starts)? Perhaps someone could ask what egotistical comeback Mister Lime has towards this? I suppose even if Criterion did have the rights, we wouldn't see a release for quite some time (knowing their busy schedule). I also suppose we don't know all the complexities going on just yet with streaming rights and their Criterion channel. But as a person who would love a Criterion edition of Touching the Void
and The Party
- I'd certainly see both of these additions as a positive towards that end.
So again, regardless of what oddities are added to the Criterion channel, keep posting them and I'll add them to the streaming list - as we'll find out eventually whether they ever come to disc.
And to make things more complicated -someone messaged me saying that Nights of Cabiria
was added and with this cover: