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Provides descriptions and links to licensed, internet, and pay-per-view streaming video resources

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Please note: All streaming videos in ASU Libraries' media collection are purchased or licensed content, limited to authorized ASU students, faculty, and staff.  Distributors use a variety of hosting systems and platforms.  Some distributors do not provide hosting.  For some titles ASU Libraries hosts internally using MediaAmp.

IF you are unable to access a video please submit a HelpStar ticket.  Please indicate the specific video you are unable to access, and include information on your operating platform/device (Mac, PC, tablet, etc.) and browser.

About this Guide

This LibGuide provides basic information on streaming video resources available at Arizona State University.

ASU Libraries provides access to thousands of streaming videos through two major providers:

Many additional streaming videos are available in other licensed collections, open access sites, and alternative access points.

This guide organizes these additional resources into the following broad categories:

What is Streaming Video?

Streaming video is a means of delivering video content to computer desktops via an Internet connection. A host (server) delivers the file to the receiving computer (client).   Settings at the host’s end determine whether access is available to multiple simultaneous users or limited to a single user.  Unlike video downloads which must transfer to the viewer’s desktop, streamed video plays almost immediately after the viewer hits the “play” button; some content must buffer before streaming begins.  Streaming video also differs from video downloads in that no copy of the file is stored on the end-user’s computer, so files remain relatively secure.

 Playback of streamed video requires that the client’s computer has appropriate player software installed.  Commonly used streaming frameworks include Windows Media, RealPlayer, QuickTime, and Flash.  Some streaming services provide files in the end-user’s choice of formats.

 Because of the generally large size of moving image data files, streaming videos usually employ file compression, a programming strategy that greatly reduces the size of the file through frame sampling and other complex means of reducing image redundancy.  This compression can negatively affect image quality when compressed videos are played full-screen or projected. Even with compression, effective use of streaming video requires a robust, high-speed internet connection.  Dial-up connections generally are too slow to adequately deliver streaming videos. 


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