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Streaming Video Databases: Other Feature Films

How Can I Stream Feature Films for Class?

Feature films present unique problems for instruction as few film companies offer streaming rights for universities to use their films.

Thanks to CARES Act funding, the Metro State Library currently has temporary access to some streaming feature films through Feature Films for Education. Contact your liaison librarian with questions or to explore additional options.

Digitizing an entire film from DVD produces a complete copy of the film and is thus, without permission from the copyright holder, a violation of copyright law. 

Other solutions for incorporating feature film in your courses include providing course reserve of DVD versions and individual subscription streaming options for students.

Course Reserve and Commercial Streaming Options

Course reserve

Metro State Library has holdings of feature films in its physical DVD video collection. These DVDs may be placed on course reserve at the Circulation Desk. Instructors determine the length of the loan period, including limiting use to within the library only (four hours), or permitting three-day or one-week loans.

You can place items on reserve by completing the request form, or you can contact library.circulation@metrostate.edu for assistance.

To obtain DVDs of feature films not already in the collection consult with your library liaison or submit a request on the suggest a purchase form.

Commercial subscription options for individuals

Requiring students to pay for access to feature films for course study can be considered equivalent to requiring textbooks for a course.

Streaming access is widely available through a number of venues including Netflix, Vudu, iTunes, Amazon, and other options. 

The Internet site Just Watch can help you determine which service provides online access to a particular title.