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Streaming Video

Provides information on streaming video resources available through Widener University.

Streaming video is content delivered to a computer via an internet connection.  Unlike video downloads, streaming video plays almost immediately after the viewer hits "play" and doesn't require a copy of the file to be downloaded or stored on the computer used for viewing.  YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and other content streaming services use the same techniques to stream videos.  Widener University subscribes to academic video services to assist students and instructors.  This guide will demonstrate the resources we provide and give advice for using free and pay-per-view options outside of the university subscriptions.

If you want a more in-depth description of streaming video, check out this HowStuffWorks article.

While it is possible to show copyrighted streaming videos during a distance learning class session, it is illegal to provide streaming access to anyone outside of that session.  It is also illegal to create a digital file from a physical object like a DVD or VHS tape.  Contact your liaison librarian for assistance with digital access.

About This Guide

The streaming video services in this guide fall into three categories: subscription based, free, and pay-per-view.

The subscription services offered through Widener University are:

The "Using Video in Class" page in this guide includes best practices and frequently asked questions for using video in person and online.


Content for this guide was adapted from California State University, Northridge, Butler University, and Arizona State University.