The well-known popular consumer video sites, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, do not offer institutional accounts. The Library is not able to purchase individual films from these providers and make them available to our users. Also, in most cases the Library is not able to pay for personal accounts.
Some less well-known subscription sites that you may be interested in are:
Filmstruck -- includes Criterion and TCM Classics; requires a paid individual subscription and there is a discount for students and educators ($39.99 every 6 months)
Fandor -- 5,000 independent, documentary, foreign and classic movies from around the world.; requires a paid individual subscription and there is a discount for students and educators ($3.75 per month)
Mubi -- streaming service; film curation lists; film of the day for 30 days (you can’t plan ahead for class); annual subscription $71.88
Can I Stream It?
This free service created by Urban Pixels provides a simple interface to search across popluar streaming services to find where a film is available. The site covers both movies and television and indexes Netflix, Amazon, HuluPlus and others. Results show whether a title is available for instant viewing, rental, or purchase, or available on DVD to service subscribers (Netflix). Some titles are also available on Snag Films or other free sites, but this availability may not be displayed.
Similar to above, but just for streaming sites to watch a film. Results are not always comprehensive.
New Day Films
New Day Films is a member-owned distribution cooperative offering quality, compelling social issue films. It provides streaming access to nearly 90 documentary films. The company’s use of pay-per-view streaming is unique among leading educational media distributors. Individual use of a title for 90 days costs about $5. However, New Day Digital’s Terms of Service prohibit showing the films in a classroom or to groups when the individual students or members have not acquired individual licenses and also prohibits sharing of individual On Demand login information. Using New Day Digital requires setting up a customer account on the site including registering credit card information for making payments.
Amazon Prime Video On-Demand
Amazon Prime Video offers more than 45,000 titles on a rental basis, without having to have an Amazon Prime membership. Most of the titles offered are feature films or TV shows, but documentaries and other forms are also available. Rental prices differ per title, but generally fall in the $3-$6 range. Once payment is completed streaming can begin immediately. Streaming can also be delayed for later viewing. License terms for each video specify the time-frame for viewing (for example: a viewing window of 48 hours, within an overall span of 30 days). Using this service requires setting up a user account with Amazon, including credit card information for making payments.
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