The CSI Library currently has four streaming video platforms, Kanopy, Film Platform, Alexander Street, and Films on Demand (FOD) that can be accessed through the library's database listings with descriptions. Some of the platforms operate via 'ala carte' or per title access, some are subscription based, and others allow access through purchases based on usage data (aka., PDA or Patron Driven Acquisitions). Most if not all streaming videos are only available via temporary licenses that last one year, two years, or three years.
If using streaming video for course content or research, it is important to let the library know course needs per semester, regardless of whether a film appears owned or currently not accessible on these platforms. Please use the library's Video Request form to either request or to make sure a film is available for coursework, as well as to explore streaming videos options.
What is the difference in content offerings for each platform?
All the platforms above are documentary, foreign film, and/or educational content . You are less likely to find major Hollywood studios or Netflix-like content on these platform. All the platforms offer multi-disciplinary topics. Some platforms specialize in working with specific movie distributors and/or production companies. For e.g., Kanopy specializes in working with the Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation, and New Age Films. A portion of Kanopy's content is immediately available but other individual titles can be requested. The availability of content on any platform can changed based on publisher's potentially pulling their content and other factors.
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