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Streaming Media

How to find and use streaming media for your teaching, learning, and research needs.

Feature Films

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:
  • Fewer streaming platforms for feature films: While there are a wide variety of streaming documentary platforms available, Swank Digital Campus is still the major platform for streaming most feature films.
  • Restrictive licenses: Unlike purchasing a DVD that has a fixed price that is paid only once, feature film licenses have to be renewed every year which has the same financial impact as re-buying the same DVD every semester.
  • A highly competitive commercial film industry: Distributors don't always want to make their films available to third-party providers like Swank. That means that both Swank and Kanopy, while providing films from a fairly large number of distributors, still are not able to provide every title we might want and may lose the rights to titles when distribution agreements expire. 
  • Streaming foreign-language feature films can be particularly complicated, particularly if the films has never had a US release.  In such cases, no US-based distributor can make it available for streaming.
  • Concern over copyright and piracy:  Industry concerns complicate access and can contribute to a reluctance to provide streaming licenses to academic institutions.