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How to stream video from AVON, Infobase, Kanopy, and Swank


If you have a film in mind to show in class you can also request it from Mr. Geary, but if you would like to browse Bunn Library has several video streaming platforms available. You can learn how to use them by clicking on the tabs at the top or you go straight to them using the links below.  

  • Kanopy - Documentaries and PBS shows

  • Swank - Feature films


Q: What can I do to troubleshoot a video that isn't working? 

There are a few things to try if a video doesn't work: 

  1. Try using a different browser. In general Google Chrome is the best browser to use, but if that doesn't work, then you can try Firefox, Safari, or Edge.
  2. Try resetting your computer.
  3. Try a different computer.
  4. If none of those steps work, then take screenshots and send them to and he will do his best to help you. 

Q: Can I watch the film with my students synchronously through Zoom?

A: It’s not recommended. None of our video streaming services support that. It might technically be possible depending on the speed and strength of your computer and internet connection (MacBook Airs have been reported to work), but it won’t be reliable long-term. A DVD also won’t work. Companies are actively pushing to ban synchronized viewing via screen sharing due to copyright concerns. Some of the commercial companies like Netflix, Amazon, and Disney offer watch party options, but that requires all the users to have their own separate prepaid accounts. The best option for synchronous viewing is for everyone to just do their best to start the film on their own computer at the same time, like synchronizing watches. 

Q: Are there foreign language subtitles available for foreign language films? For example, can I watch a French film with French subtitles?

Probably not. Some films might have various subtitle options usually located in the bottom right of the player screens (sometimes with a CC logo), but English subtitles are the norm for foreign films. 

Q: How long does it take to purchase a film?

Usually less than 24 hours. It’s pretty quick as long as the film is available. 

Q: Should I share a link to a copy of the film I found on YouTube?

Probably not. You should only share a YouTube link if it is from the producer’s official page. For example, the official Netflix YouTube account makes many of their documentaries freely available. But, if the video is from a third party you shouldn’t plan on using it. YouTube has a strict copyright policy and it is likely that the films could be flagged or taken down at any moment. 

Q: Who can I contact with questions and requests?

If you have any questions or requests, then feel free to contact Danny Geary at


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