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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:15

Stream Thousands of Free Videos on Your Mobile Device or TV

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How to stream thousands of free videos on your computer, mobile device, or TV.

Millions of public library members now have greater access to free movies, documentaries, and TV shows. That’s right. With a library card you may be able to stream free videos from Kanopy. Thousands of them! Kanopy started out selling DVDs to Australian universities in 2008. They’ve expanded to public libraries in North America and the UK. Their emphasis is on education and you’ll also find blockbusters, must-see classics, and more.

Get Started

Go here to find out if your library offers Kanopy. If so, register with your library card. Next, download Kanopy’s iOS or Android app. Follow the easy 3-step process to get started streaming free videos. Libraries have limits to the number of free movies people can watch per month. Once registered, you’ll be able to see and keep track of your limit.

Other Options

Besides being able to watch videos on your smartphone or tablet, you can watch with a web browser or on television with Roku. If you're not familiar with Roku, it's a digital media player that lets you stream videos and music.

Roku Express - HD Streaming Player

If you have Apple TV, you can “cast” videos from your Apple phone or tablet to your TV using Airplay. Also, watch on Chromecast or via HDMI cable.

AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable - 25 Feet (Latest Standard)

More About Kanopy's Streaming Videos

If your library doesn’t offer Kanopy, send them some information about the streaming video service. Let your librarians know that you’d love to have access. According to Kanopy's website, they are adding hundreds of films every month. Kanopy also has a “sophisticated discovery engine” to help you find interesting things to watch. There are no commercials. If you love to learn by watching videos, you’ll love Kanopy. Their collection includes over 2,600 videos from The Great Courses, including:

  • The Art of Travel Photography
  • The EveryDay Gourmet
  • The Everyday Guide to Wine
  • The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe
  • The Art of Investing
  • How to Publish Your Book
  • How to Stay Fit as You Age