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Free film sources during C19

While quarantined, students and faculty may have access to some streaming services. Please be aware of expiration dates so that you will not be charged a fee ALSO if you hear of more please contact me

Documentaries and features from databases, free during C19

  • DER Documentary Educational Resources (Chiefly ethnographic and cultural documentaries) To support students 3/25 until June 1st, we're offering unlimited streaming access to a curated selection of free films – a mix of new releases and classic titles from our collection.To watch for free, visit: https://www.der.org/watch-from-home   And use the promo code: WFH2020'
  • Sage Educational Video  (http://sk.sagepub.com/video) and SAGE Research Methods Video (http://methods.sagepub.com/video): SAGE is offering free, 90-day access to any library interested in offering these resources to their faculty and students. . To get access, please complete this form: https://sagevideo.sagepub.com/support/tickets/new   Faculty instructors can also get individual access to the same SAGE Video collections for 90 days with a username and password by completing the registration form here: http://freeaccess.sagepub.com/.
  • Shemaroo [Bollywood film source] The Consulate General of India, NY, USA is giving away free subscriptions of ShemarooMe to encourage people to stay home and follow Social Distancing.  Please visit ShemarooMe.com/CGNY to activate your subscription.
  • POV documentaries: POV which premieres groundbreaking documentaries on PBS has traditionally been difficult to access after intial screening except sometimes on DVD. This year in light of C19, they have decided to keep a running list of documentaries which they are making available to everyone for free.
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Free Streaming by Area of Study

Open Video Collection Websites [Credit: Annotations from Video Roundtable. ALA, re-ordered to reflect areas of study]
Below is a guide of quality, freely accessible, collections of online video. sorted by area of academic discipline

Art  [see also Art and Art History Libguide for many more]

  • ART:21 Created by P.B.S., this Web site is patterned after a nationally broadcast series on contemporary art, artists, and ideas. Among other things, this site has an online lesson library, teacher materials and discussions. Full episodes are available in the PBS video portal.
  • UCLA Preserved Silent Animation
    The collection of animation at UCLA Film & Television Archive from the years 1930-1950 is practically without peer. Nitrate prints of classic cartoons abound, as do original negatives or best-surviving printing elements for many of the films from animation’s “golden era.” Included here are most of the Max Fleischer and Famous Studios Paramount subjects; the George Pal “Puppetoons”; the independent productions of Ub Iwerks; many of the Van Beuren “Rainbow Parade” shorts; a large number of Warner Bros. cartoons; and a recent acquisition of “Terrytoons” still being sorted through as of this writing.

   Communication/Media Studies/Journalism

  • AdViews
    AdViews is a digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s from Duke University.
  • Al Jazeera Video (CC)
    Al Jazeera’s Creative Commons Repository contains broadcast footage that Al Jazeera has released under various Creative Commons licenses.
  • British Movietone (see also: AP Archive)
    British Movietone is arguably the world’s greatest newsreel archive, spanning the period 1895 – 1986. Shot on 35mm film, this global archive contains many of the world’s enduring images and is rich in coverage of news events, celebrities, sports, music, social history, science, lifestyle and quirky happenings. It was the first newsreel to include sound, the first to use colour film, the first to break many exclusive stories, and is your first and last stop for newsreel footage. see also: AP Archive
  • Cineteca (University of Chile)
    The Cineteca (University of Chile), the oldest film archive in the country, has made over 150 films spanning the entire history of national cinema freely available to download or stream online.
  • CNN Video Almanac
    Archive of some of the most notable CNN video since the channel's beginning in 1980.
  • Creative Commons Video Sites
    This is a listing of over 200 Creative Commons (CC) licensed video media collections. This content is freely accessible, and depending on the specific CC license applied, may allow for greater reuse of this content above and beyond copyright fair use exemptions.
  • Critical Commons
    Professors post clips media analysis through the use of film clips.
  • Frontline
    View complete episodes of a large selection of films from the acclaimed PBS public affairs series.
  • Internet Archive: TV News
    The Internet Archive works to preserve the published works of human kind. Inspired by Vanderbilt University’s Television News Archive project, the Internet Archive collects and preserves television news. Like library collections of books and newspapers, this accessible archive of TV news enables anyone to reference and compare statements from this influential medium. The collection now contains 350,000 news programs collected over 3 years from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C. The archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired. Older materials are also being added.
  • Mike Wallace, The Interviews
    Video of 65 interviews from the television series hosted by the late Mike Wallace from 1957 and 1958. Provided by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Each program includes a text transcript. Available interviewees include Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Margaret Sanger, and Salvador Dali among other notables of the time.
  • Movieclips
    Provides more than 12,000 short clips from feature films licensed from Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. The Movieclips player can be embedded in social networks as Facebook and MySpace, and shared on blogs, Twitter and other personal websites, and used in PowerPoint presentations. In addition to searching by title or actor, the site provide additional search capabilities for dialogue, genre, action, occasion, theme, and mood and categories including best kiss, tearjerkers, birthdays, holidays, awkward moments, action moments, bad guys and fight scenes. Reuse of the clips requires registering with the site
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications Archive
    The archive includes more than 8,500 digitized television shows, radio programs, and photos (free, but must create user account).
  • Thanhouser Films Online
    More than 50 films provide a representative cross section of the output produced by the Thanhouser film enterprise based in New Rochelle, New York between 1910 and 1917. The films were assembled over the past 25 years with the cooperation of archives around the world, including The Library of Congress in Washington, DC, The British Film Institute in London, England, George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York, the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles, California, the EYE Film Institute Netherlands in Amsterdam, Holland, and from the Thanhouser collection. Each film includes a summary and analysis written by film historian Victor Graf.  Andrew Crow, Raymond A. Brubacher and Ben Model composed and performed original musical accompaniment commissioned exclusively for this collection.
  • WGBH Lab
    Categorized stock video clips from WGBH TV, this collection contains tons of rights-free archival footage perfect for creating mashups or short videos
  • WGBH Open Vault
    Provides online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. The ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all of which are available for individual and classroom learning.
  • Wikimedia Commons
    Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content including images, sound and video clips.

 

Cross-Disciplines or General

  • Afluma  Notable Arab films, this group is based in Lebanon, see also  Where to see Arab films online
  • Annenberg Media Program Video Archive  Free educational videos from the Annenberg Foundation, a non-profit educational organization.
  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting
    The American Archive of Public Broadcasting is a "collection of 40,000 hours contains thousands of high quality programs that have had national impact. The vast majority of this initial American Archive content, however, consists of regional and local programs that document American communities during the last half of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first. This extraordinary collection includes local news and public affairs programs, local history productions that document the heritage of local communities, and programs dealing with education, environmental issues, music, art, literature, dance, poetry, religion, and even filmmaking on a local level."
  • BBC Online Media
    Provides online access to BBC's archives including themed collections of radio and TV programs, documents and photographs.
  • Culture Unplugged
    Culture Unplugged (C.U.) provides access to hundreds of documentary films, that spans multiple facets of global issues, produced through a "socially and spiritually conscious" lens. Note: This link defaults to documentaries from CU's virtual film festival. Scroll down and select "Show Films from Archive" for access to more content.
  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Video Collections
    The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Individuals can access a trove of thousands of videos across these institutions through DPLA's search interface (by selecting the "moving images" filter on results after performing a keyword search).
  • Europeana
    A collection of 6 million digital images of paintings, music, films and books from Europe's galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Included are images, texts, sounds and videos.
  • HippoCampus
    A project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), HippoCampus provides high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students. Content is organized by broad disciplines: Algebra, American Government, Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Statistics, US History. The site was designed as part of Open Education Resources (OER), a worldwide effort to improve access to quality education. Colleges and universities develop the content and contributes it to the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC), another MITE project. Both HippoCampus and NROC are supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
  • Internet Archive
    The Moving Image Archive within the Internet Archive provides access to nearly a quarter million films, uploaded by Archive users, and ranging from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Videos in the Archive are organized into 15 broad sub-categories: Animation and Cartoons, Arts & Music, Computers & Technology, Cultural & Academic Films, Ephemeral Films, Home Movies, Movies, News & Public Affairs, Open Source Movies, Spirituality & Religion, Sports Videos, Video Games, Vlogs, and Youth Media. The Archive also contains the Prelinger Archive, the most complete and varied collection of ephemeral films (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) in existence.
  • iTunes U
    A diverse range of freely available courses spanning a wide array of disciplines from multiple institutions.
  • Khan Academy
    With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.
  • MIT Open Courseware
    MIT instructors provide a range of courses freely available online.
  • Learners TV
    This is a comprehensive site providing thousands of streaming and downloadable video lectures, live nnline Tests, and other materials in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dentistry, Engineering, History, Language Training, Law, Literature, Management and Accounting, Mathematics, Medicine, Nursing, Physics, and Psychology. The site provides free video and audio lectures of whole courses conducted by university faculty from around the world. Most of the materials offered are licensed by the respective institutes under a Creative Commons License.
  • Media Burn
    The Media Burn Archive is a collection of over 6,000 independent, non-corporate tapes that reflect cultural, political and social reality as seen by independent producers, from 1969 to the present.
  • Media That Matters Film Festival
    Annual collection showcasing twelve short films on important topics of the day. Seven years of films available on the site, organized alphabetically by title, by year. A simple search interface facilitates finding films by keyword. Films may also be browsed by one of 15 issues: Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Environment, Family & Society, Gay/Lesbian, Gender/Women, Health/Health Advocacy, Human Rights, Immigration, International, Media, Politics/Government, Racial Justice, Religous Freedom, and Youth.
  • Merlot
    Includes animations and other learning resources.
  • National Film Board of Canada
    The National Film Board of Canada is a Canadian government agency that produces and distributes documentary, animation, alternative drama and digital media productions. The NFB website provides information on over 13,000 National Film Board of Canada films, and includes free access to over 2,000 films, excerpts, trailers, and interactive works for online screening.
  • Open Video Project
    A University of North Carolina project to create free repository of archival, documentary and educational video.
  • PBS Learning Media
    Developed by PBS, WNET, and KET, and 31 other PBS stations.  Content contributed from publicly funded organizations, including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and NPR, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Education, delivers thousands of resources for use in the classroom and with home-schoolers. Content aligns with Common Core State Standards for preK-16 classrooms.  This collection contains more that than 114,000 research-based instructional resources – including videos, interactives, images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans, and worksheets. Requires personal registration on the site.
  • PBS Video
    Provides access to selected programs from selected PBS series (such as Nature, American Experience, Nova, and Frontline, among others.)  Users can browse by Programs, Topics, or Collections. Individual programs are subdivided into smaller segments.
  • SnagFilms
    Provides access to full-length documentary films from established distributors and first-time filmmakers.  The Snag Films library includes more than 850 films. Filmmakers and distributors submit titles to SnagFilms for curatorial review.  Videos stream in Flash. The site organizes titles by broad Topics (such as Arts, Environment, Health, History, Women's Issues, etc.) and by Channels (including well-established film companies such as Alive Mind, Icarus, Fanlight, PBS, and National Geographic). The SnagFilms website encourages donating to causes by linking each film to a specific charity. Brief commercials precede and are interspersed through the video playback.
  • Smithsonian Institution - Collection Search Center
    Search over 6.4 million records with 536,000 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives & libraries.
  • TED: Technology, Entertainment, Design
    Talks are organized under broad subject categories:  Technology, Entertainment, Design, Business, Science, and Global Issues.
  • TPT MN Video Vault
    The MN Video Vault is a project of Twin Cities Public Television. The Vault contains hundreds of programs from the tpt archives: classic interviews and performances from Nighttimes Variety, Newsnight Minnesota and Almanac as well as a broad cross-section of tpt documentaries. Also included are current tpt productions, as well as programs from other regional public television stations. And soon, the MN Video Vault will feature new web-only tpt productions.
  • UC Berkeley Media Resources Center Online Media
    A collection online video and audio recordings of notable lectures, events, and readings held at University of California, Berkeley.  This database includes both video materials accessible by the general public, and videos licensed for access by current University of California, Berkeley students, faculty, and staff only (CalNet authentication required). Audio recordings in the collection are accessible by all users. Access to the videos in the collection requires Windows Media player. Macintosh users will need the free Flip4Mac plug-in.  Access to the audio recordings in the collection requires the Real player. The site includes a simple keyword search interface. Linked from within this site are audio, video, and text files from the UC Berkeley Library Social Activism Sound Recording Project.  This collection includes information onf the Free Speech Movement, the Black Panther Party, Anti-Vietnam War Protests in the San Francisco Area and Beyond, and LGBT History.
  • UMedia Archive (UMN)
    Discover and learn about the rich collections available through the UMedia Archive.
  • Veoh
    Provides access to videos from major content publishers like CBS, ABC, WB, MTV Networks, ESPN, Sony/BMG and Lions Gate, other video sites like YouTube and Hulu, as well as independent filmmakers and content producers. Users can sort content by type using pull-down menus for Videos, TV Shows, or Movies, each with sub-menus including categories such as Documentary & Biography. Brief commercials precede video playback. Watching full-length videos via Veoh requires installation of the Veoh Web Player.

Culinary Arts

  • Southern Foodways Alliance Documentary Films
    Southern Foodways Alliance produces several films in concert with the University of Mississippi's Center for Documentary Projects
  • USDA Food Safety Videos  View the various food safety and inspection streaming videos and audio files available from the Food Safety and Inspection Service.
  • USDA Youtube Channel
    The USDA YouTube channel contains over 300 videos of video features, training videos and speeches related to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

   English 

  • American Rhetoric
    Features a growing collection of text, audio, and video versions of over 5,000 speeches. The site provides access to "public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events." Includes sections for Christian rhetoric, "Top 100 Speeches," "Rhetorical Figures in Sound," "Rhetoric of 9-11," and more. Notable is the selection of speeches from movies, arranged alphabetically by title. Not all speeches have accompanying videos. Site supported by advertising, and maintained by a speech communication professor.

    History/Social Sciences/Anthropology

  • American Experience
    View complete episodes of select films from the acclaimed PBS documentary series
  • American Indian Film Gallery
    Vintage motion pictures offering rich perspectives on the American Indian experience. The site organizes titles by tribes, linking to films for more than 100 tribes.  A text box to describe each film is nonfunctioning, providing only "lorum ipsum dolor" filler text as a place holder.  Apart from what displays in the film itself, no additional information (publication date, running time, etc.) is provided. These archival films are not perfect. Some were educational shorts used in American schools from the 1930s to the 1970s. Several have abbreviated titles or missing endings. Some are spliced or scratched; others have faded color.  These films are windows into the human past, stunning documents with much to tell us about our New World story.
  • American Memory (motion pictures)
    The American Memory project from the Library of Congress provides access to several hundred early motion pictures, organized into 11 discrete collections: America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915 American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920 Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916 Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904 Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901 Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906 Origins of American Animation Prosperity and Thrift: the Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929 Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film.
  • AP Archive Video
    AP Archive is the film and video archive of The Associated Press -- the world's largest and oldest news agency. Our cameramen have been capturing the iconic moments that have shaped the world in which we live and we have over 1.7 million news, sports, entertainment and fashion stories dating back to 1895 to share with you, here and on our British Movietone channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/BritishMovietone
  • Archaeology Channel Video
    The Archaeology Channel provides free access to a large collection of streaming media covering archaeology worldwide.
  • Archive of American Television
    Hosted by the TV Academy Foundation this archive provides access to hundreds of in-depth video interviews with TV's greatest legends and pioneers. These television history interviews can be browsed by person, show, topic or profession. New interviews and indexes are added regularly.
  • BBC History of the World in 100 Objects
    Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programa that retell humanity's history through the objects we have made. Each episode consists of an image of the item discussed, and a radio naration lasting about 15 minutes.
  • British National Archives Media Player
    Collections of British National Archives digitized and original video and audio content, including categories of Family History, Military History, Social History, Political History, Law and Order, Archives, and International.
  • British Pathé (YouTube)   A collection of 85,000 films: "Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage – not only from Britain, but from around the globe – of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, sport and culture. The archive is particularly strong in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars.
  • British Movietone (see also: AP Archive)   British Movietone is arguably the world’s greatest newsreel archive, spanning the period 1895 – 1986. Shot on 35mm film, this global archive contains many of the world’s enduring images and is rich in coverage of news events, celebrities, sports, music, social history, science, lifestyle and quirky happenings. It was the first newsreel to include sound, the first to use colour film, the first to break many exclusive stories, and is your first and last stop for newsreel footage. see also: AP Archive
  • C-SPAN Video Library    Contains all C-SPAN programs since 1987, indexed, abstracted, and cataloged by the C-SPAN Archives staff. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text
  • Civil Rights Digital Library     Provides access to online films, texts, images, and audio recordings related to the Civil Rights movement in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. CRDL is a partnership among librarians, technologists, archivists, educators, scholars, academic publishers, and public broadcasters. The initiative receives support through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The site provides both simple keyword searching and advanced searching. Content also can be browsed by Events, Places, People, Topics, Media Types (including print, government records, correspondences, etc.) Other features of the site include numerous instructional materials, including lesson plans, quizzes, slide shows, study guides, and worksheets. 
  • EUscreen    The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together clips that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries. As well as chronicling important historical events, the EUscreen portal allows you to explore television programmes that focus on everyday experience. EUscreen is also intended to be a resource for educators, researchers and media professionals searching for new audiovisual content from across Europe.  Note: see http://euscreen.openimages.eu/media for CC licensed content shared for repurposing
  • EVIA Digital Archive Project - Ethnographic Video for Instruction & Analysis       Collaborative endeavor to create a digital archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors. Funded since 2001 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with significant contributions from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, the Project has been developed through the joint efforts of ethnographic scholars, archivists, librarians, technologists, and legal experts. Beyond the primary mission of digitally preserving ethnographic field video, the EVIA Project has also invested significantly in the creation of software and systems for the annotation, discovery, playback, peer review, and scholarly publication of video and accompanying descriptions. Viewing videos requires registering for an account and agreeing to the end-user license agreementt
  • The Great Depression Interviews      From the stock market crash of 1929 to the beginnings of World War II, The Great Depression tells the dramatic and diverse stories of struggle and survival during the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. Originally debuting on PBS stations in 1993, the 7-part series was met with critical acclaim, winning an Emmy for writing and a duPont-Columbia Award. These interviews are part of the Henry Hampton Collection housed at the Film & Media Archive at Washington University Libraries. Each video and transcript represents the entire interview conducted by Blackside, Inc., including portions that did not appear in the final program. For more information, please contact the Film & Media Archive.
  • History Channel Video   Selected full length History Channel programs.
  • Med-Mem Mediterranean Memory    A free video archive library; thousands of videos preserve the historic, cultural and tourism heritage of the area. English, French, and Arabic. Co-founded by the European Union.
  • Penn Museum Film Archives       The Penn Museum Archives has an extensive collection of films that, thanks to the generosity of the Internet Archive, are nearly all available online. The online film collection consists of over 700 archival films. Strengths are in early 20th century cultural footage and archaeology/anthropology
  • P.O.V. Video     Provides a selection of full length films, short films, and lesson plan based clips from the acclaimed PBS documentary film series POV., with strength in social issues
  • Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive    The Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive serves as a research facility for scholars of U. S. public policy....The Library's multimedia collection is a truly unique collection of material on U. S. public policy. The Library's multimedia archive includes more than 2,500 hours of secret White House recordings, hundreds of presidential oral history interviews, audio and video recordings of Miller Center Forums, and documents related to the executive branch of American government. The Library's digital archive on the American presidency is over 3 terabytes in size and growing
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) Moving Images Collections    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) collections includes over 4,500 moving image historical records (e.g., propaganda films, Newsreel footage) and over 7,600 hours of streaming video oral history testimonials.

            Medicine

  • CDC TV
    Web visitors can now view or download videos on a variety of health, safety and preparedness topics. The library of videos will expand to include single-topic presentations as well as different video series focused on children, parents, and public health professionals.
  • HEAL: Health Education Assets Library
    A national repository/referatory of free, web-based multimedia teaching materials in the health sciences. The collection is comprised of images, animations, videos and audio-files. Registration is required
  • HealthLibrary Online
    The Stanford Health Library provides a collection of online videos covering various health topics, including health and society, cancer support, and women's health. Videos may be viewable online through Stanford University iUniversity (iTunes interface) or QuickTime, or available for purchase on DVD. Not all videos are available for online viewing.
  • NIHSeniorHealth - Health Information for Older Adults
    NIHSeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. This site was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Video
    Includes videos of SAGES meetings, information on surgeries and techniques, in addition to surgery videos.
  • Society of Biomaterials Video Library
    The surgical video library was created to bridge a difficult gap between classroom theory and clinical application. This library has a wide variety of surgical films which can be sorted through by search, alphabet, or category.
  • Stanford Health Video Library
    Videos and audio sorted by category on a wide range of medicinal and dental topics.
  • Wellcome Film: Digitizing Medical History
    Online collection of moving images on 20th-century healthcare and medicine. Over 450 titles - 100 hours of historical film and video - have been transferred and are freely available under Creative Commons licences.

​       Performing Arts

  • Folkstreams
    Provides streaming access to a large collection of documentary films about American folk, or roots, cultures. Includes essays about the traditions and filmmakes, transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites. Site provides simple keyword and advanced searching, as well as ability to brose by subjects, regions, titles, filmmakers, and other categories. Video displays include links to additional, related films.
  • Global Performing Arts Database
  • PBS Great Performances
    Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.

Sciences/Math/Environment/Geography

  • Academic Earth
    This website contains video lectures from leading scholars in the areas of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, English,entrepreneurship, history, law, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology and religion
  • ARKive  
    DIGITAL MEDIA (IMAGES, VIDEOS). Unique collection of thousands of wildlife videos, images, and fact-files, with a special focus on the world's threatened species
  • Ensia Video Archive
    "Ensia is a solutions-focused nonprofit media outlet reporting on our changing planet."  Their mission is to "motivate and empower people around the world to create a more sustainable future by sharing stories and igniting conversations across sectors, geographies, ideologies and disciplines."  All videos are licensed under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license
  • National Committee for Fluid Mechanics Films (NCFMF)
    A series of films created by Ascher Shapiro in the 1960s, used to teach fluid mechanics.
  • National Geographic Video
    Video programs from Nat Geo TV and web only audiovisual material.
  • National Parks Service B-Roll Video
    This webpage provides links to public domain video of some of those sites, including national parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites and related areas. This content is great for remixing, reuse in projects and publication.
  • NOVA
    Provides access to selected programs from the acclaimed PBS science series. Programs are divided into chapters and have closed captioning. Available videos are organized by broad subject categories: Anthropology, Disasters, Earth, Exploration, Flight, Health, History, Investigations, Nature, Physics & Math, Space, and Technology.
  • PopTech
    Videos of global tech innovators.
  • ScienceCinema
    Contains multimedia videos highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy's scientific research.  State-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology allows the user to search for specific words and phrases spoken by the presenter in these video files. Simply enter a term and the results list will point to the precise snippets of the video where the term was spoken.
  • TIB|AV Portal
    The German National Library of Science and Technology`s AV-Portal (English/ German) provides access to scientific videos from the fields of engineering as well as architecture, chemistry, information technology, mathematics and physics. By combining multimedia analysis techniques, such as scene-, speech- and image recognition as well as a semantic search approach the TIB|AV Portal provides optimised search results. By using the open standard Media Fragment Identifier (MFID) a citable Digital Object Identifier is displayed for each video segment: www.av.getinfo.de.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

A massive list of all sorts of streaming video and film, collected by Regina Longo Media Librarian and Archivist of Brown University, collected over 10 years and constantly updated. Highlights include: African American home movies, many international film archives, and blended in are some subscription services only available at Brown, large academic and sometimes local libraries

 

 

For entertainment and knowledge: Free trials

[Librarian note: this list comes straight from Consumer Reports. If you decide to try a trial, I recommend that you set a warning on your calendar or device to unsubscribe when the trial is over, to avoid charges on your card. Most services will require a credit card to begin.]

Acorn TV (30 Days Free With Promo Code FREE30)
Acorn TV, a Brit-centric service that offers mysteries, dramas, and comedies from the U.K., as well as from Australia, Canada, and Ireland, usually has a seven-day trial period. But right now you can enter this code to get a full month of British TV fare. Acorn TV costs $6 per month or $60 annually. [Librarian note: it can be hard to unsubscribe from this service, based on personal experience. Good content but proceed with caution]

Amazon Prime Video (30 Days)
Amazon Prime Video is among the largest subscription services, with a mix of TV shows, movies, and original content. A Prime subscription, which includes free two-day shipping on many items, costs $119 per year.

Filmatique (30 Days)
This specialized service, which costs $5 per month, offers a mix of art house films and

festival picks, plus director interviews. A new film is added each week.

Hulu (30 Days)
Unlike its live TV streaming service, Hulu + Live TV, which has a seven-day trial, the regular Hulu service gives a more generous 30 days. Hulu, which has a mix of broadcast TV shows and original shows and movies, costs $6 per month with ads or $12 per month without.

Netflix (30 Days)
Like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix always gives you a month to sort through its voluminous assortment of TV shows and movies, plus an extensive lineup of original content. Prices range from $9 to $16 per month, depending on the picture quality and number of users you choose.

Quibi (90 Days)
This new service, which is slated to launch April 6, will focus on short-form entertainment. (Quibi stands for “quick bites.”) In its first year, the company says it will have around 7,000 videos, everything from scripted series and movies to reality TV. You can pay $5 per month for an ad-supported version or $8 per month without ads.

Showtime (30 Days)
Much like HBO, Showtime offers a mix of newer movies and original shows such as “Kidding” from one of the top premium cable services. It costs $11 per month.

Shudder (30 Days With Promo Code SHUTIN) 
Shudder, from AMC Networks, focuses on horror content with a mix of thriller, supernatural, and just plain scary movies, along with TV shows. Plans start at $4.75 per month; normally there’s a seven-day trial period, but use the code to get a full free month.

Sundance Now (30 Days With Promo Code SUNDANCENOW30) 
This indie-film favorite, owned by AMC, offers a mix of original and exclusive dramas, comedies, and true crime series, plus award-winning movies in every genre. Use the promo code to bump its free trial from 7 to 30 days. Commercial-free plans start at $5 per month.

Urban Movie Channel (30 days With Promo Code UMCFREE30)
Billed as the first streaming service dedicated to African American film and TV, UMC offers a mix of classic sitcoms and movies, plus original series, documentaries, and more. It costs $5 per month or $50 annually. Use the code to bump the free trial from seven to 30 days.

CBS All Access (30 Days With Promo Code ALL or GIFT)
Through April 23, you can get a free month of CBS All Access, home to shows such as "Star Trek: Picard" and "The Good Fight." The service normally costs $6 a month with limited commercials, or $10 for the ad-free version. "Picard" star Patrick Stewart posted the GIFT code on his Instagram account, but the CBS All Access website says to use the code ALL.