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Last Updated: Jul 2, 2015 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Streaming Funds Expended

As of March 2015, the Libraries Media Center has expended its streaming video budget for the 2014-15 academic year. No new streaming video purchases will be made by the Media Center until July 1, 2015. If you would still like us to research existing streaming options for your class, please fill out the "streaming request" form below. We apologize for this inconvenience and invite you to send questions/feedback to and/or to the subject librarian for your department:


DIY Streaming in Canvas

Did you know that instructors can stream audio and video clips in their Canvas course sites? These instructions show you how to upload media clips into Canvas pages. These specifications describe what types of media files are supported in Canvas. UW-IT supports UW faculty in their use of Canvas. Contact them at

If you have questions about copyright, consult the Libraries' "Step-by-Step Guide to Copyright Compliance for Electronic Course Materials." You can also contact the Libraries' Copyright Officer for further assistance.


UW Seattle Streaming Course Support

As part of our mission to support instruction and research at the University of Washington, the Libraries Media Center offers UW Seattle instructors a limited streaming video course support service. This service may enable students to access a selection of video titles from a computer on or off campus.

In order for a video title to be licensed for the streaming service, certain preconditions need to be met:

  • The request has to be made by a University of Washington, Seattle, instructor for their credit bearing, degree program affiliated course;
  • The request has to be made for titles that are being taught in the instructor’s course and are identified as required viewing by that instructor;
  • 10 or more students must be enrolled in the instructor's class;
  • Due to budget constraints, the Libraries will not license videos that are available on pay-per-view sites such as Netflix or If titles are not available on these or similar sites, we will research licensing options. Depending on terms, costs, and available budgets, the Libraries may or may not subscribe to this content.

submit your streaming request here


Browse Licensed Video

UW Libraries has licensed over 15,000 videos and 6,000,000 audio tracks for its tri-campus community. Browse licensed video content by rolling over the "Licensed for UW" tab and selecting among our many distributors, including...


Pay-Per-View Streaming

CanIStream.It allows you to search for videos across pay-per-view streaming services. If you are a UW Seattle instructor and would like assistance finding streaming films for your students, please contact us:


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