The price of movie theater tickets, cable and specialty channels and streaming services continues to rise. As we choose to rent or purchase digital downloads on a regular basis, those small bills start to add up.
With Kanopy, you can experience film without the buyer’s remorse that follows.
Just as some of us aim to be well-read, having viewed the many great movies since the invention of film is something to be proud of. Binge watching the latest season of your favorite reality show still has its place, but building your film knowledge and experiencing the history and culture of these magnificent movies requires more. Since Blockbuster is no longer with us, do you really have to go online and purchase all of the classics?
Kanopy, a streaming service, now brings free films straight to you through your library card. Their mission to democratize meaningful film and television to allow you to broaden your horizons without even opening your wallet. With hundreds of new films each month, you don’t need a paid subscription to get your film fix!
A variety worth raving about
Kanopy reaches over 4,000 public libraries and campuses worldwide and boasts more than 30,000 films. At Kanopy, the aim is more than just to deliver movies, but rather to offer a selection of thoughtful entertainment that inspires, enriches lives and challenges perspectives.
Flexible viewing options
A modern-day streaming service wouldn’t be complete without the option to view movies and television shows on any device. Kanopy is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Chromecast, Roku, and the Amazon App Store.
Engaging and educational selections for kids
While popular streaming services often feature kids’ selections, what better place to find educational content for your little ones than the library? Kanopy has partnered with Common Sense Media to ensure that the age ratings on their kids’ video selection are developmentally appropriate. The films and shows on the service promote creativity, emotional and social development, and cultural diversity.
How do I know if my library is available?
As Kanopy continues to grow, more libraries are being added. Before you sign up, you can check to see if your library is a participant. Visit kanopy.com/wayf and type your library into the search bar to find out!
How to get started
If you’re ready to jump in, the process couldn’t be easier. Simply head over to kanopy and click Sign Up. You can create an account using your Facebook or Google login, or by using your email address.
If you signed up using your email address, you’ll need to click on the verification link that was sent to you to continue setting up. You can then click on Find Your Library, select your library from the list, and click Add library card. Enter your library card number and pin and click Save to add your membership.
Why not give it a try
So, what’s the downside? That’s the best part. There isn’t one. Kanopy is a completely free service. You won’t be asked to provide your credit card to access a free trial. There’s no hidden agenda to later convince you to upgrade to a paid version to get to the “good stuff.” They don’t ask you to provide your physical address, so you won’t receive any junk mail.
If you have a library card at a participating library, it’s certainly worth giving Kanopy a shot. Build your knowledge, engage your kids, and give your bank account a break without even leaving the house.