Across the board, viewers are ditching their high price tagged cable television services for one or more of the many video streaming services that are currently popular platforms. Each provides its own unique offerings making a combination of services more desirable. Additionally, original content is now being created by services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. All together, these platforms can add up, but did you know that there is one more amazing streaming service that you already have access to?
Since creation in 2008, Kanopy has gone through many evolutions to become the widely adopted on-demand streaming platform that exists today. In previous iterations, Kanopy focused its content on independent, artistic, and obscure documentary films that were not offered on more mainstream platforms. Recently, the San Francisco based company revised their offerings to include contemporary award-winning films like Lady Bird, Moonlight, and Hereditary, topical documentaries in cultural heritage, social, and environmental issues such as Meru, Say Her Name, and Young Lakota. Partnering with educational resource The Great Courses, you can explore subjects like mindfulness, photography, or mathematical innovations. There are so many offerings to stimulate your mind or let you relax with a well-made movie.
You can access Kanopy via the DU Library homepage by using the Databases search box, or use your public library account by downloading the app onto any Roku, Apple, or Android device that you use for streaming. Don’t forget to check out some of the 40 other video content databases subscribed to by DU. Just like our wide offerings of textual scholarly content, video resources can provide new dimensions to your research and switch up your academic processes.
Graduating soon? Not to worry, Kanopy is a streaming database that many public libraries subscribe to, and is freely accessible with your library card. Locally, the Denver Public Libraries, Jefferson and Douglas County Public Libraries, and Arapahoe Library District subscribe to Kanopy and can keep your free access to the content going. Unlike DU, however, public libraries have limits on how many videos can be watched per account per month.
Library Hack: You can have library cards at as many Colorado public libraries as you want! The more cards you have the more opportunities to stream digital content of all kinds (film, ebooks, and audiobooks)! You don’t have to live in the immediate library area, but you do have to live in Colorado. Not every state provides the same unlimited policy so check in with your local institution if you’re moving away or have been a remote student.