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Streaming Video: Feature Films

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

How can I show feature films online?

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

Solutions for incorporating feature film in your courses include licensing films through Swank Digital Campus, Course Reserve, Pay-per-View options for students, or applying fair use and the TEACH Act to use portions of films.

ASU Library provides streaming access to some videos through its E-Reserves service.  See Course Reserves for more information.

Course Reserve and Pay per View Options

Course Reserve

ASU Library has extensive holdings of feature films in its video collection.  These videos 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, or permitting overnight, three day, or one week loan.

Faculty may also request streaming access to videos being placed on reserve.

More details on placing materials on Reserve is available here:  Course Reserves

To obtain DVDs of feature films not already in the collection consult with your Subject Librarian.

Pay Per View

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 Instant Video, and other options. 

The Internet site Can I Stream.It?  provides a simple interface to discover which service provides online access to a particular title.

See also the Pay-Per-View tab in this LibGuide.



The TEACH Act permits streaming portions of film content.

TEACH Act (included in Section 110(2)) - The "Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization" Act allows instructors to perform or display copyrighted works in distance education environments. However, there are a number of restrictions. Here are some useful resources specifically related to the TEACH Act:



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