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Streaming Media

Internet Sites for Streaming Video

A number of openly accessible Internet sites provide access to streaming videos. These sites may host content or merely point to content hosted elsewhere. Advertising supports some of these sites. Others are the official site for a producer, distributor, series, or festival. Searching functions on these sites vary widely, and content can change or be removed without notice. For additional information or to connect to any of these sites, click on the site name, below.


  • American Experience
  • American Memory
  • Annenberg Media
  • Archive of American Television
  • Civil Rights Digital Library
  • Folkstreams
  • Frontline
  • HealthLibrary Online
  • Hulu
  • Internet Archive
  • Internet Movie Datbase
  • Learners TV

  • Media That Matters Film Festival
  • Movieclips
  • Nova
  • PBS Video
  • P.O.V. Video
  • Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive
  • SnagFilms
  • TED:  Technology, Entertainment, Design
  • UC Berkeley Media Resources Center Online Media
  • Veoh
  • WGBH Open Vault
  • YouTube
  • Disclaimer:  RWU Libraries is not responsible for any of the content linked from these sites.  We cannot guarantee availability of the content they provide, nor assume responsibility for the functionality of these sites.

    American Experience

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    View complete episodes of select films from the acclaimed PBS documentary series.

    American Memory

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    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

    Annenberg Media

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    Part of the Annenberg Foundation, Annenberg Media uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. The Learner.org web site provides access to many of the exceptional educational video programs developed with grant money as telecourses, including series on algebra, art, chemistry, economics, film, history, poetry, and foreign languages, among others.

    Not all series listed on the site are available for streaming.  This graphic marks programs available for online viewing .  Videos stream in Flash.  Many of the videos include closed captioning.  Users accessing the site on a PC have greater control over the size of the playback window.

    Archive of American Television

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    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.

    Civil Rights Digital Library

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    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.

    Folkstreams

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    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.

    Frontline

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    View complete episodes of a large selection of films from the acclaimed PBS public affairs series.

    HealthLibrary Online

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    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.

    Hulu

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    A partnership between NBC and ABC (Disney), Hulu is predominantly a site for television content. 

    Hulu distributes video both on its own website and syndicates its hosting to other sites, and allows users to embed Hulu clips on their websites. In addition to NBC, ABC and FOX programs and movies, Hulu carries shows from other networks such as Comedy Central, PBS, USA Network, Bravo, FX, Syfy, Sundance, E!, and other commercial producers. 

    The Channel link at the bottom of the Hulu homepage provides a broad subject organization of its content, including "News and Information" which includes sub-categories of Current News, Documentary & Biography, Live Events & Specials, and Politics.

    Internet Archive

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    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.

    Internet Movie Database

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    Provides access to full-length films and television episodes, many in the public domain.  The alphabetic listing of titles links to the IMDB page that describes the film and provides a link to stream the video.  The link may redirect or pull the stream from another site such as the Internet Archive, SnagFilms, or Hulu.

    Learners TV

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    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 That Matters Film Festical

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    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.

    Movieclips

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    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, occassion, 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.

    NOVA

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    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.

    PBS Video

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    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.

    P.O.V. Video

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    Provides a selection of full length films, short films, and lesson plan based clips from the acclaimed PBS documentary film series POV.

    Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive

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    From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, the Scripps archive provides a unique collection of material on U.S. public policy.

    The Library's collection includes streaming video of State of the Union addresses from Kennedy to Obama.  The multimedia archive also 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.

    SnagFilms

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    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.

    TED: Technology, Entertainment, Design

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    Makes available the best talks and performances from TED and partners.  More than 500 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks feature closed captions in English, and many feature subtitles in various languages. Videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

    Talks are organized under broad subject categories:  Technology, Entertainment, Design, Business, Science, and Global Issues.

    UC Berkeley Media Resources Center Online Media

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    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.

    Veoh

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    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.

    WGBH Open Vault

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    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.

    YouTube

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    Perhaps the best known of all steaming video sites, YouTube is a subsidiary of Google, Inc . The site displays a wide variety of user-uploaded video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging and short original videos.

    Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, but some media corporations including CBS, the BBC, and other organizations offer some of their material via the site, as part of the YouTube partnership program.

    Due to the 10 minute limit on YouTube uploads (partners can load longer videos), many programs on the site are divided into several parts.

    YouTube can be a source of last resort for out-of-print and hard-to-find content.