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Streaming Video: Kanopy


Changes to Kanopy

To facilitate and streamline Kanopy requests, the library has opted to move forward with Kanopy's Smart PDA as the streaming model for the library. What does it mean for library users? Library users will have immediate access to films part of the library's Smart PDA program.

What about films that are not part of Smart PDA? Library users can still request these titles. Request films by using Kanopy's title request form or by submitting the library's Media Purchase Request form. 

Note: Requests for faculty and course related materials are prioritized. If funds permit, requests from students and other campus members will be considered.


Kanopy is a video streaming solution for colleges offering a "Netflix-like" user experience and a broad selection of over 26,000 documentaries, feature films and training videos from thousands of producers.

  • Coverage – The library has immediate access to films that are part of the library's Smart PDA program. Titles may vary year to year to ensure we stay within pricing parameters. 
  • Requesting films not in the library's Smart PDA program - Requests for faculty and course materials is prioritized.  Films are automatically added to Smart PDA unless otherwise noted by library staff. Patrons do not need to worry about renewing titles when new requests are added to Smart PDA. If your film was not added to Smart PDA, you will need to submit a renewal request to avoid a break in coverage.
    • How do I request a film?  Patrons can submit a title request from within Kanopy or use our streaming (film) media purchase/renewal request form to submit a title request. Submitting requests via Kanopy platform is preferred as patrons will get an email from the vendor as soon as the film is approved with access link.
    • Can I use any email to submit a film request? No, be sure to provide your UTRGV email so that we know you are affiliated with the university. Using another email may cause delays as we confirm you are affiliated with the university.
    • What course related information should I include and why? Including the information below in the initial request will avoid delays and help us demonstrate impact in student savings and ROI as well as help us advocate for funding. We ask that you include how the film will be used in the request. This will help us prioritize and evaluate requests. To avoid delays or rejection of your request, please be thorough in your response.
      • Instructor
      • Course name
      • Course section
      • How will the film be used in the course
      • # of students enrolled
  • Allow time for processing and licensing of films. Submit requests early to allow sufficient time for processing and licensing of films. Most films may take between 2 - 3 days to become active.
  • I requested a film and license is expiring. How to I submit a renewal for this title? Use our streaming (film) media purchase/renewal request form to submit your renewal request. 
  • Public Performance Rights (PPR) – Some Kanopy films have public performance rights and will have the PPR logo.


Link:  Kanopy

Link: Streaming (Film) Media Purchase/Renewal Request Form

Links for faculty