I would like to assign a film for my course. What streaming videos resources does Babson have access to?
- We encourage you to use films that are easily accessible through one of our three platforms and should be leveraged as a first choice (if possible):
Feature Films for Education
Any film assigned from one of these three databases has cleared copyright and can be linked in Canvas for student use.
We know that some films you wish to assign are not available in any of those three databases and this is where challenges often arise. Each film/video poses its own challenges for access, but in our experience they usually fall into one of the following scenarios.
The films I want to assign are not available in any of Babson’s databases. Is it possible for me to still get class access for the films I want to assign?
- Perhaps. It all depends on the film and where it is made available. There are several scenarios which have their own unique challenges for class access.
These scenarios pose challenges for student/class access. None of the major streaming platforms (such as Amazon Prime and Netflix) allow institutional pricing/access. Their business models are built on individual subscription access. Higher education institutions have been trying to encourage the major vendors to allow institutional pricing for their content, but they are showing little interest in changing their business model.
What if the film/video I want to assign is available only on one platform with a subscription: Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc.?
- This is very common and also the biggest challenge. If a film is available on only one platform (Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc.) then the only option for viewing is on that platform. It is a violation of copyright for instructors to stream complete films during class using their own personal Amazon or Netflix accounts, so if the film is essential to the course, instructors should require students to purchase their own subscriptions or, if the film is available to rent, should ask students to rent titles.
What if the film I want to assign is available on multiple platforms for a small rental fee: Amazon Prime, YouTube, Hulu, etc.?
- This scenario is very common. The small rental fees charged to individuals for temporary streaming rights usually do not exceed $5 to $10. It is reasonable to expect and require students to rent the film from a provider as a portion of the costs associated with accessing course materials, similar to renting/buying books or course packets.
- Note on illegally “pirated” film/video copies on YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Please avoid linking to illegal copies. These links are often unstable, incomplete, and almost always copyright non-compliant. Google often polices their own content and removes illegal copies of songs on YouTube and have, from time to time, done the same for films.
What if the film is available only on DVD/Blu-Ray?
- As the DVD/Blu-Ray format wanes in popularity, it is becoming less and less common to find films available in only this format. Many older films fall into this category. The laptops issued to Babson students do not have optical drives and therefore students cannot be expected to view DVDs on their own. Horn Library has a few DVD drives that attach to laptops via USB that can be used to watch a DVD, but this is not an optimal choice if you have large class sections with many students who all want to borrow the DVD and a DVD drive at the same time (usually on the day before the assignment is due).
What if the film I want to assign is available only from filmmaker/distributor?
- Sometimes independent filmmakers and film distributors do not contract with larger vendors to make their films available to the public. Filmmakers and some studios often work with customers directly. If you want to use a film from such a filmmaker or distributor, contact your library liaison to see what the best options might be.
How can I know where a film is available for streaming?
- If Horn Library has no access to a film through one of its subscription platforms yet you want to see all the commercial platforms where it might be available to students through a subscription service or for a rental fee, try looking in JustWatch.com. You can see every platform on which any film is available. You and your students can decide which platform works best.