The WSU Libraries can purchase streaming media for course use. In some cases, a streaming license can be acquired through one of the streaming distributors we work with. In other cases, the WSU Libraries may need to identify the rights holder for an individual film and determine if permission for streaming can be granted or if a license is available for purchase. Please note that streaming licenses for feature films, and films that have never had a US release can be costly, if available at all.
Another option for instructors is to place a physical copy of the film (DVD) on reserve for students to watch either in the libraries on a viewing station, or on their own. If this is an option for your film, please use the Course Reserves Request form to place the item on reserve.
Some things to consider regarding streaming licenses:
If the film you need is for a Global Campus course, your Global Campus elearning consultant may also be able to help you investigate licensing options and in some cases, alternatives.
While some streaming licenses are easy to investigate, others require further research to identify the rights holder, licensing, and possible streaming options. One service that can be used to investigate whether or not a film is licensed for streaming is CanIStream.it? This service will show you both streaming, digital purchase, and digital rental options, when available. You can also sign up for an account in order to receive an alert if a particular film becomes licensed for streaming in the future.
The WSU Libraries work with several documentary film distributors to acquire streaming rights for titles that instructors use in WSU courses. Variation from distributor-to-distributor in regards to licensing often requires streaming rights to be investigated on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to stream a film for a class, please contact your liaison librarian to investigate licensing options.
Academic distributors include, among others:
Several companies provide access to content through subscriptions. In the cases below, the student would have to sign-up for a monthly subscription to the streaming provider, and would have to cancel the subscription once they are no longer needing to access the content. Some providers offer a free trial month, however the student would have to remember to cancel their subscription at the end of the trial in order not to incur a charge.
In cases where an institutional streaming license is not available, or is cost-prohibitive, instructors may want to explore rental options available through the providers listed below. Many of these options allow the student to "rent" the title for streaming, with viewing windows between 24 and 48 hours.
Swank Digital Campus is one of the few distributors that license feature films for academic environments. Institutional streaming licenses for feature films are often cost prohibitive. Some of the issues that complicate access to feature films include: