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Streaming Media


This guide covers everything you need to know about effectively finding and using streaming video and DVD movies for classroom and events at NAU. 

Should you have any questions or need assistance, please email Course Reserves or reach out to your subject librarian

Use this form for all streaming media requests. Select "Add item" than "Streaming Media."

Plan as far in advance as you can as some titles take weeks or longer to acquire.  


Submit a Course Reserves Request Form to see if Cline Library can purchase a streaming license. If we are not able to secure an institutional digital site license, you may need to consider an alternative film or ask students to purchase the film via a commercial subscription service such as Netflix or Amazon.
Streaming films are among the most difficult online course materials for the Libraries to procure. Securing streaming rights is sometimes not possible: a significant percentage of moving image content – feature films, television programming, and documentaries – do not and may never have streaming access. Increasingly, streaming services are producing original content only available through individually licensed subscription plans.
  • An alternative is to explore the Libraries DVD and Blu-ray collection. The collection is discoverable through the Quick Search and videos can be viewed in the library or checked out for 7 days.
  • Check JustWatch or Reelgood to determine the availability of streaming media from both paid and free services, including YouTube or Vimeo. Please note that streamed video content may be removed from a platform at any time or may only be available for limited periods of time.
  • Students can use commercial streaming services - their own accounts or trial subscriptions.NOTE: Popular home streaming platforms are not available for institutional/educational access; Cline Library cannot subscribe to or otherwise provide access to these platforms. (Example platforms include, but are not limited to Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Hulu, YouTube.) These providers only sell to individuals, not institutions.
Probably not. The end use license agreement (EULA) to which you agreed when creating an account with these services is almost always only for personal, non-commercial use. These services (i.e., Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, YouTube., etc.) do not grant rights for educational or institutional use and the Copyright Act does not provide an exception for educational uses if the services does not permit it. Except: Some Netflix Original educational documentaries are available for one-time educational screenings. Netflix Original documentaries that have a GRANT OF PERMISSION FOR EDUCATIONAL SCREENINGS are available to screen in the physical classroom. This is not available for all Netflix Originals and/or Documentaries. To find out which titles are available for educational screenings, visit and search for the title. Look for Grant of Permission for Educational Screenings in the description. Netflix also makes a select number of documentaries available via itsYoutube Channel.
No. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act codified in part in 17 U.S.C. § 1201 "makes it unlawful to circumvent technological measures used to prevent unauthorized access to copyright works, including copyrighted books, movies, video games, and computer software." As a result, the library cannot convert a DVD to streaming if the DVD has a technological protection measure (TPM) on it. Breaking or circumventing the TPM is a violation of copyright.