How to Activate The Criterion Channel and Start Streaming

Have you heard about The Criterion Channel? It’s a must-have streaming service for cinephiles seeking access to classic, arthouse, and independent films you won’t find anywhere else.

But before you can dive into their library of over 1,000 rare movies, you need to activate The Criterion Channel on your streaming device of choice.

Activating the channel is simple – just follow this handy guide. We’ll cover:

  • What devices are supported
  • Walkthroughs for various platforms
  • Troubleshooting tips

Let’s get started!

Supported Devices

The Criterion Channel offers apps for all the popular media streaming platforms:

  • Android TV
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • iOS and Android mobile

As long as you have a supported device and valid Criterion Channel subscription, you’re ready to activate and start streaming thousands of films.

Activation Walkthroughs via

Here are step-by-step instructions for activating on some of the most common platforms:

Android TV

  1. Open the Criterion Channel app
  2. Note down the activation code displayed on screen
  3. In your browser, visit
  4. Sign in to your account
  5. Enter the activation code
  6. Click Activate
  7. You’re all set!

Amazon Fire TV

  1. Install Criterion Channel app
  2. Launch app and note activation code
  3. Visit
  4. Sign into your account
  5. Enter activation code
  6. Click Activate

On Apple TV

  1. Get The Criterion Channel app from the App Store
  2. Open the app and note down the activation code shown
  3. Go to on your phone/tablet
  4. Sign in if prompted and enter the code
  5. Click Activate. Now start streaming!

Follow similar steps for Roku – the process is largely the same across platforms.

Troubleshooting Tips

Having issues activating? Try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Regenerate the code – Codes expire, so you may need to restart the process
  • Check subscription status – Make sure you have an active monthly ($10.99/mo) or yearly ($99.99/yr) subscription
  • Contact your ISP – Poor internet connections can disrupt activation

And that’s it! With your Criterion Channel subscription activated, you now have unlimited on-demand access to stream hard-to-find, critically acclaimed films from around the world.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some popcorn and start watching!

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