Stream Thousands of Free Videos on Your Mobile Device or TV

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Millions of public library patrons now have greater access to free movies, documentaries, and TV shows. With a library card you may be able to stream thousands of free videos from Kanopy. 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 but you’ll also find blockbusters, must-see classics, foreign films, and more.

Get Kanopy

Go here to find out if your library offers Kanopy. If so, register with your library card. Your library may have a limit on the number of free movies you can watch per month. Once registered, you’ll be able to see and keep track of your limit. If your library doesn’t offer Kanopy, send them information about the streaming video service. Let your librarians know that you’d love to have access. 

Kanopy is available via an array of apps on the TV, phone, tablet, and computer.

Mobile Apps

A Kanopy app is currently available for the following mobile devices.

  • iOS devices
  • Android devices
  • Amazon Fire tablets

TV Apps

A Kanopy app is currently available for the following TV devices.

  • Apple TV and Airplay
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android TV
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Roku
  • Telstra TV
  • Chromecast

You can also view Kanopy on your television by connecting your computer to your television by using an HDMI cable.

Great Content

According to Kanopy, they're 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 thousands of 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

 It's easy to start streaming free videos with Kanopy!


(Updated Friday, 09 October 2020)