With Netflix raising its Canadian prices and more streaming services coming online regularly, it’s becoming more and more costly to subscribe to paid-content.
So what about free streaming services? The options are fairly limited but one such service, Kanopy, is growing in popularity, especially with film buffs. And it’s easy to see why.
Loaded with more than 26,000 films, Kanopy is a streaming service that links together a vast network of libraries around the world. Its collection of streaming titles is mostly comprised of celebrated classic and contemporary films, art films, documentaries, and international films. It’s also home to the Criterion Collection, an ever-growing list of what are considered to be the world’s finest films.
Some of the titles in Kanopy’s collection include The Bicycle Thief, The Battle of Algiers, Eraserhead, Metropolis, and Charlie Chaplain’s Modern Times.
To access and stream Kanopy’s library of films you need to register and supply a valid library card number from a participating library. (Find out if your local library or campus library is part of the Kanopy network.)
Once you’re registered and connected, you can stream Kanopy’s collection of films on your smartphone, tablet, computer, or TV. There are dedicated iOS and Android apps available on the Apple Store and the Google Play Store, and a dedicated Roku app makes it easy to stream Kanopy films to the biggest screen in your home.