Move over, Netflix. The Toronto Public Library just gave account holders access to a movie streaming service, and it's completely free.
Yup. TPL is changing the digital media streaming game for absolutely no cost to you.
The service allows anyone with a library card and an email address to stream thousands of feature films and documentaries across any of their devices.
"We're adding 30,000 new streaming videos to our collection!" reads a release on the library's website. "The selection of films is outstanding. It includes titles from producers including the Great Courses and PBS, as well as award-winning indie, documentary and Canadian films."
Here are the details, as listed by TPL:
You can access Kanopy films with your smartphone, tablet, PC or Smart TV
Kanopy is compatible with Roku, Android, iOS and Apple TV
You have three days to watch each film
You can access up to eight films a month
All films are fully accessible, with captions and transcripts, and are compatible with screen reader software such as JAWS
The slick interface is impressive for a public library and even competes with the likes of Netflix and Crave. On top of that, hundreds of new titles will be added each month, so you don't have to worry about exhausting your options too soon.
Some of the titles available right now include favourites like Maudie, Brooklyn, Paterson (starring Star Wars' Adam Driver), Marjorie Prime, The Man Who Knew Infinity, and the Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro.
Users are able to access up to eight films each month. Once they've 'rented' a movie, they have three days to watch it as many times as they'd like from a variety of devices. The best part? You can access it from anywhere in the world.
Kanopy will work with Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Android and iOS devices (including your smartphones and tablets) and on regular PCs, according to the library.
You can sign up here.