University of Minnesota

Streaming Video


1. Understand your usage and copyright laws

Please use these materials for teaching, learning, and other fair use purposes. For more information about your usage and copyright, see our Copyright Policies page.

2. Let us help you find a title 
You can search the Libraries to find titles already available for streaming. We are happy to help you search as well. The Libraries have subscriptions and contracts to many streaming video collections, as listed on the Licensed Streaming Videos section of their Digital Video Collections Guide. There is also a listing of good quality, no cost online video collections to explore in the Open Video Collection Websites section of that page. 

If you can't find what you need, get in touch with your subject librarian to explore adding a title through a streaming option.

3. Send students to resources on their own
Link to videos, share the URL, or use an embed code to display the video on your site without making any copies.

Be aware that showing streaming content from services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, etc. in your classroom may be in violation of their terms of service. In addition, playing video over zoom may not be a very high quality experience. If a title is only available from these sources, it may be best to assign students to watch them on their own, with their own account.

4. Talk to Digital Imaging Services
If you're still having trouble, talk to us and we may be able to help you with other ways of finding and sharing content.

5. Making sure resources are accessible
We are including captions, if they are available, as we add content to the DCL. Some older titles may not have captions included. If you need captioning created for any videos you're using in class, contact the Disability Resources Center. They will then contact us to get access in order to create a file with captions.