Fandor streaming review 2020: Product, price and features
Thousands of award-winning underground films from moviemakers around the world.
For $5.99 a month, explore the depths of this collection of foreign films, documentaries and classics dating back to the early 1900s. While the selection of movies is mighty, customers complain about the selection of movies and a difficult interface.
Pros and cons
- Whimsical library. More than 4,000 underground movies that range in genre and length. Fandor is a tight-knit community who shares a love of indie movies from all over the world.
- Free trial. Enjoy 14 days of free content — most services only offer seven.
- Continuous play. Press pause on your TV and continue watching on your tablet, without losing your place.
- Broken links. Fandor’s website has more than a few broken links, its highlight page and support page for starters.
- Limited streaming. A subscription only lets you stream from 1 device at a time.
- Tricky cancellation. Google Play Fandor subscribers have complained about unclear cancelation policies and that its customer support team is less than helpful.
What features does Fandor offer?Fandor offers standard features similar to Netflix or Hulu including a watch list to save movies for later, trailers and title descriptions. But what’s unique about Fandor is that a portion of your subscription fees circles back to the filmmakers and distributors.
As part of its 50% revenue share, half of what you pay for your subscription goes back to indie filmmakers and lesser-known film distributors like Cinema Guild, Flicker Alley and Criterion Collection.
Members of the Fandor community, employees and filmmakers themselves curate collections of movies for other viewers.
There’s a community sharing opinions and leaving star ratings on movies. You can take part in the action after creating your Fandor profile.
An orange HD ribbon attached to videos in high definition makes it easy to distinguish the video quality.
Using the same Internet connection for both your Chromecast and mobile device, watch movies on a larger screen by casting. You can even cast from your phone and hop between apps without affecting the movie casting onto the TV.
What devices are compatible with Fandor?
Whether you link your subscription to your Apple TV or use your Chromecast device to cast content onto a larger screen, Fandor is compatible with a fair range of devices. However, it’s not compatible with any gaming devices.
- Smart TV devices:
- Apple TV
- Mobile devices:
- iOS (iPhones and iPads)
- Android (phones and tablets)
- Other devices:
- Amazon Kindle
How much does Fandor cost?Fandor offers both a $5.99a month and $49.99 annual subscription — saving you $22. Both subscriptions offer the same access to its streaming library of more than 4,000 movies and the Fandor blog.
A 14-day free trial is offered to anyone who signs up.
What can I watch with Fandor?Fandor offers more than 10 foreign film categories as well as 15 genres and subgenres of documentaries and indie movies including horror, silent and animated. Titles are categorized by genre and language or located in one of the many collections: new arrivals, spotlight, staff picks, festivals and generally range from one-minute flicks to full-length films.
Some of the most talked-about movies on Fandor — the ones with the most review interaction between community members — comprise the list below. This list changes monthly, but new movies are added every day.
- The Yellow Curtain by Azadeh Navai
- Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg by Kjell Grede
- You’re Welcome by Rebecca Panian
- Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley
- Fear and Trembling by Alain Corneau
- Brian Eno: The Man Who Fell to Earth by Ed Haynes
Does Fandor offer a student discount?
Yes, Fandor offers a 50% discount to both students and educators.
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Alex Shea is a tech and telco writer for Finder, helping readers to break down the details of streaming TV, gaming, sports and more. A storyteller through and through, Alex’s work is published in Allbodies and Obsev Studios. She’s also the author of I Don’t Know Yet, a book of poetry and prose. She’s completing her degree in environmental science and traveling every chance she gets.
Unless you’re really immersed in this world and can recognize a film distributor or director, it’s unlikely you’ll recognize many titles on Fandor. But you can still explore, maybe read a review here and there or watch a trailer to give you a clearer preview.
It’s a pretty good deal at $5.99per month, but It’s still not a real rival to Netflix or Hulu with a nontraditional and underground selection of movies as opposed to the latest mainstream releases.