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There are a number of openly accessible sites that provide access to streaming video by either hosting the content or pointing to the content from another host.

Please note that there is content overlap on these sites, that some are producer or distributor official sites, and that content can be removed without notice. The University of Memphis is not responsible for any of the content on the sites listed here. We are only providing you with potential resources in addition to our licensed content.


Can I Stream It?

CanIstream.It is a free service created by Urban Pixels that allows you to search across the most popular streaming, rental, and purchase services to find where a movie is available. If the movie you're looking for is not available, just sign-up, set a reminder and voila we will shoot you an email when your chosen service makes the movie available. The service breaks down the into five categories: movies, TV, instant streaming (subscription based and free instant streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, etc.), streaming rental (services that offer time limited rentals (24-48 hours) for a small fee, such as iTunes, Goggle Play, etc.), and digital purchase (services that offer the ability to purchase a movie forever such as Amazon, Blockbuster, etc.). This service can be used as a resource for student rentals when titles are not available for streaming.



AdViews is a digital archive of thousands of vintage TV commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. These commercials were created or collected by the ad agency Benton & Bowles or its successor, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles. Major clients included are Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Schick, Vicks, and Post, among others.

American Experience

Browse the entire PBS American Experience series featuring over 200 films. Watch full films online, download teacher's guides, go behind the scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.

American Field Guide

PBS and Oregon Public Broadcasting have collected over 1400 video clips that enable you to experience America's wilderness firsthand. You can browse the topics (animals, ecosystems, human history, livelihoods, earth and space, plants, public policy, and recreation) or search for your particular interests.

American Indian Film Gallery

The American Indian Film Gallery of vintage motion pictures offers rich perspectives on the American Indian experience. It is presented free of charge for viewing and downloading for educational purposes. But, they are not in perfect shape. Some were educational shorts used in American schools from the 1930s to the 1970s. Several have abbreviated titles or missing endings. Some are spliced or scratched; others have faded color. However, the historical importance of the movies remains compelling.

American Memory

The Library of Congress' American Memory Collection contains several hundred early motion pictures organized in the following areas:

  • America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915
  • American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
  • Bucaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982
  • The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906
  • Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Franscisco, 1897-1916
  • Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904
  • The Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901
  • Origins of American Animation
  • Prosperity and Thrift: the Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929
  • The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures
  • Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film

Annenberg Media

The Annenberg Foundation through one of its divisions, Annenberg Media, provides Video on Demand for educational purposes and is intended for personal, non-commercial use. No material from this site, in whole or in part, may be downloaded, reproduced, retransmitted, republished, altered, duplicated, or publicly exhibited. There are many exceptional programs in the arts, education, languages, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Not all series listed on the site are available for streaming; look for the VoD graphic for available programs. Videos stream in Flash and many are closed captioned.

Archive of American Television

The TV Academy Foundation's Archive has collected hundreds of in-depth interviews with TV's greatest legends and pioneers. They can be browsed by person, show, topic or profession and new interviews and indexes are added regularly.

Australian Screen Archive

Free and worldwide access to wide selection of Australian feature films, documentaries, TV programs, newsreels, short films, animations, and home movies produced over the last 100 years.

Babelgum Films

Provides a free platform of professional and semi-professional content to a global audience. The programming guide organizes videos into thematic channels (film, music, comedy, our earth, and metropolis) with dedicated publishers who select the best content and provide updates in their areas of expertise.

BBC Video Nation

Short videos created by viewers and listeners of the BBC.

Civil Rights Digital Library

The Library features a collection of unedited news film from WSB (Atlanta) and WALB (Albany, GA) television archives and provides educator resources and contextual materials, including Freedom on Film, relating instructive stories and discussion questions from the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia, and the New Georgia Encyclopedia, delivering engaging online articles and multimedia.

Classic Cinema Online

Classic films from action to Westerns, including old cinema shorts and news reels.

The Commons on Flickr

The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives, and secondly to show how visitor’s input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer. Some of the participants institutions include The Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, National Media Museum, Bibliotheque de Toulouse, The National Archives UK, Center  for Jewish History, National Library of Scotland, and many more.

A Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, Crackle, Inc. distributes digital content including original short form series and full-length traditional programming from Sony Pictures' vast library of TV series and feature films in a variety of genres, including comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, music and reality.

Creative Commons

Wiki site of documentary and feature films, as well as featured content directories of films.

Europa Film Treasures

Films from European film archives.

EVIA Digital Archive Project

The EVIA Digital Archive Project is a collaborative endeavor to create a digital archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors. Funded since 2001 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with significant contributions from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, the Project has been developed through the joint efforts of ethnographic scholars, archivists, librarians, technologists, and legal experts. Beyond the primary mission of digitally preserving ethnographic field video, the EVIA Project has also invested significantly in the creation of software and systems for the annotation, discovery, playback, peer review, and scholarly publication of video and accompanying descriptions.


A national preserve of documentary films about American roots cultures streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites.

Film Annex

A free online video and Web TV platform where you can watch movies online and download films by award winning filmmakers. The Web TV section goes behind the scenes, provides interviews, and more.


Free Movies Online offers the largest selection of free public domain feature films, including over 1000 movies, TV shows, TV series episodes, cartoons, and feature animations.

Forum Network

Forum Network is owned by WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS, and NPR and offers free audio and video lectures to the public using live and archived audio and video Webcasts, streams, podcasts, etc. The content cannot be downloaded. Registration is suggested as some components, portions, features or services now or in the future may only be accessible and used after registration and creation of an account. Lectures are organized by topic, region and period; series are searchable by topics and collections; and speakers are profiled alphabetically.

Free Documentaries.Org

Streams full-length documentary films free of charge, with no registration needed. For several films, they offer the ability to watch trailers or to download the actual film.

Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. Freesound provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to:  browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a "sounds-like" type of browsing and more; upload and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license; and interact with fellow sound-artists!


View complete episodes of a large selection of films from the acclaimed PBS public affairs series. There is also a Teacher Center that includes lesson plans and activities to accompany the documentaries, as well as web-exclusive resources from PBSÕ digital archive.

Health Library Online

The Stanford Health Library programs feature prominent doctors presenting the latest health research. Titles are available online through Stanford University iTunes or QuickTime, or for purchase on DVD. Not all videos are available for online viewing.


Hulu is primarily a site for television content (NBC, ABC, FOX, Comedy Central, PBS, USA Network, Bravo, FX, Syfy, Sundance, E! and other commercial producers) and allows users to embed clips. The Channel link at the bottom of the homepage provides content by broad subject categories such as current news, live events, politics, and documentary and biography.

Internet Archive

The Archive's Moving Images library of free movies, films, and videos contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. The Archive's audio and MP3 library contains over two hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these videos, audios and MP3s are available for free download. The Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books. As of 9/18/12 the Archive will include every morsel of news produced in the last three years by 20 different channels, encompassing more than 1,000 news series that have generated more than 350,000 separate programs devoted to news.

Internet Movie Database

Full-length movies and TV episodes, popular clips, and trailers are available in this database. They can be browsed by type or by title. The alphabetical listing of titles links to the IMDB page describing the film and providing a link to stream the video. The link may redirect or pull the stream from another site such as Archive, SnagFilms, or Hulu.

Lannan Foundation

The Lannan Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities.  The site provides access to 15 years of audio and video recordings from live events and interviews with notable authors, scholars, and activists.  The site also provides over 450 brief biographies.  There are separate search interfaces for biographies, audio files, and videos.  More recordings are included on the foundation's podcast site, which is available for subscription via iTunes.

Learners TV

This is a comprehensive site providing thousands of downloadable video lectures, Live Online Tests, etc. in the fields of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Accounting, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, History, Language Training, Literature, Law. This site provides free video and audio lectures of whole courses conducted by faculty from reputed universities around the world.  Most of the materials offered are licensed by the respective institutes under a Creative Commons License.

Mathematics in Movies

A collection of movie clips in which mathematics appears.

Media That Matters Film Festival

The annual festival showcases 12 short films on important topics of the day. This site includes all but the first 2 festivals listed by title by year, but the titles may be searched by keyword or browsed by topics such as criminal justice, environment, human rights, media, immigration, media, health/health advocacy, etc.


A video community where you can watch videos from a variety of sources, such as Hulu, ABC, YouTube, and MTV.


MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.   MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services. MERLOT's strategic goal is to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning by increasing the quantity and quality of peer reviewed online learning materials that can be easily incorporated into faculty designed courses.


Begun in 2006, MetaVid Archive captures house and senate floor footage along with close caption transcripts from cable TV broadcasts.

Mike Wallace Interview

The Mike Wallace Interview ran from 1957 to 1960, but the Ransom Center collection includes interviews from only 1957 and 1958. In the early 1960s, Mr. Wallace donated to the Ransom Center kinescopes of these programs and related materials, including his prepared questions, research material, and correspondence. There are 65 interviews in the collection from Senators to strippers, Ku Klux Klansmen to Nobel Prize winners, including Salvadore Dali, Kirk Douglas, Henry Kissinger, Pearl Buck, Gloria Swanson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eleanor Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson and many more. Five are on audio tape, and the others are kinescopes, 16mm recordings of the television programs made by filming the picture from a video monitor. These 16mm films were transferred to video and, along with the audio tapes, were digitized. The interviews were then transcribed and were both embedded in the video files in the form of subtitles and included on the website as text files.


Host of the largest collection of officially-licensed, high quality movie scenes on the web delivers more than 12,000 Hollywood movie clips to a global audience. The site is searchable by actor, title, genre, occasion, action, mood, character, dialogue and more.

Moving Images Collection

MIC documents moving image collections around the world through a catalog of titles and directory of repositories, providing a window to the world's moving image collections for discovery, access and preservation. The site is hosted by The Library of Congress and serves as a portal for integrating moving images into education. The site lets you locate and (in some cases) view moving images from around the world.

National Archives (NARA) in Google Video

NASA (over 250 titles covering 1962-1981), United Newsreel (WWII 1942-45), Department of the Interior (1916-1970, with the majority of the titles from 1930s) newsreels preserved in the National Archives.

National Jukebox

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which has granted the Library of Congress a gratis license to stream acoustical recordings. At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others.


Journalists and documentarians comb the web (so you don't have to) for the best produced visual news stories and analysis of the issues affecting our lives. You can search for stories based on your own preferences by subject, source, length, and ideology. If you choose to create a free account you can comment on particular videos. Sources include (among many others): ABC, CBS, Fox News, PBS, Associated Press, Al Jezeera, C-Span, Time, Washington Post.


Provides access to selected programs from the PBS science series.  The programs are divided conveniently into chapters, closed-captioned, and can be browsed by topics such as disasters, exploration, physics and math, space, technology, etc.

PBS Video

Provides access to selected programs from PBS series (such as American Experience, Frontline, Masterpiece, and Nova) which can browsed by programs, topics or collections. The latest version of Flash is required.

P.O.V. Video

Provides access to full length and short films, video clips with companion lesson plans and multimedia resources from the PBS documentary film series POV.

Saylor Foundation Media Library

The Saylor Foundation has opened its Media Library to the public, providing thousands of open educational resources, videos, articles, and full-length textbooks. It provides a growing list of about 6,000 total resources, including 3,000 open educational resources, 1,300 videos, 124 full-length textbooks, and 2,500 articles. Resources cover the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering, business, and test prep. Materials include primary texts (such as Beowulf and Hamlet), references (such as the Catholic Encyclopedia), textbooks (such as The Electronic Introduction to Old English), maps, presentations, audio recordings, assessments, assignments, data sets, and others.

Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive

The Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia, is a specialized one focused on American politics and history with special attention paid to the American presidency.  The Library's multimedia archive 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.


Provides access to full-length documentary films from established distributors and first-time filmmakers streamed in Flash. The titles are organized by topics (arts, health, history, etc.) and by channels (including film companies such as Fanlight, PBS, National Geographic, Sundance, etc.)  The website links each film to a specific charity to encourage donating and brief commercials are included during playback.

Sound Effects - Greg Smith Collection

This is a collection of 1450 sound effects tracks recorded by producer Greg Smith during his 20 year career in the film and television industry. Mr. Smith has provided sound recording or post-production sound on many films including: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; Jurassic Park; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; Who Framed Roger Rabbit?; and numerous IMAX productions. Mr. Smith, an adjunct professor in the School of Communication, graciously provided this collection to the American University Library with the request to share it openly for the benefit of filmmakers and video and audio producers around the world.


Use engaging videos to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube. "Flipping" a video allows you to turn a video into a customized lesson that can be assigned to students or shared more widely. You can add context, questions, and follow-up suggestions to any video on TED-Ed or YouTube.


Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world--from TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) conferences and events.

 UC-Berkeley Media Resources Center Online Media

This database includes video materials accessible by both the general public and videos only licensed for access by current University of California, Berkeley students, faculty, and staff only. Audio recordings in the collection are accessible by all users. Access to the videos in the collection requires Windows Media player . Macintosh users may access them by downloading the free Flip4Mac plug-in. Access to the audio recordings in the collection requires the Real Media player. Included from within the site are audio, vide and text files from the UC Berkeley Library Social Activism Sound Recording Project. This collection includes information on the Free Speech Movement, the Blank Panther Party, Anti-Vietnam War Protests in the San Francisco Bay Area & Beyond, and LBGT History.


Veoh's video portal provides access to tens of millions of 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 thousands of independent filmmakers and content producers. The content can be sorted by type with pull-down menus for Videos, TV Shows, Movies, Music, Channels, and Groups. Brief commercials precede video playback. Installation of the Veoh Web Player is required for viewing full-length videos.

WGBH Open Vault

Open Vault is the home of WGBH Media Library and Archives, providing 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.

Wikimedia Commons 

Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to all. It acts as a common repository for the various projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, but you do not need to belong to one of those projects to use media hosted here. You can find collections of similar files grouped by topic or by almost any other characteristic you can think of. You can even start contributing to the project in important ways, regardless of your abilities or interests, and no matter where you live or what language you speak. All information about Commons itself is available in English, and most of it is available in other languages, as well. If a page is available in multiple languages, you should be able to select your language at the top of the page.


YouTube is a subsidiary of Google, Inc. and displays a wide variety of user-uploaded video content, including movie  and TV clips and music videos. Most of the content is uploaded by individuals, but there is some content from media corporations such as as CBS, the BBC, and other organizations as part of the YouTube partnership program. Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use only and may not be downloaded, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purposes whatsoever without the prior written consent of the respective owners. You shall not copy or download any User Submission unless you see a download or similar link displayed by YouTube on the YouTube Website for that User Submission. The content is searchable by Videos, Channels, and Shows with subject categories within each.

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