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This page provides on overview of options for streaming films online
Streaming services accessible for free to University members
Box of Broadcasts (BoB)
Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is the largest shared online off-air television and radio recording service for education and research in the world. It makes available TV programmes and films from over 75 freeview channels from the last 20 years, including a large number of films (NB: these are recorded as shown on TV so will include ad breaks etc).
Digitalia Film Library
A streaming library of world cinema, with a particular focus on Latin American films.
Artfilms contains films by and about a large number of independent artists and filmmakers.
A streaming service for films from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia - go to https://klassiki.online/register/university-of-cambridge/ to set up an account.
Centre of South Asian Studies film collection
Most of the material was taken between 1911 and 1956 and give a unique perspective of life in South Asia towards the end of the British Empire and in the first years of independence.
Royal Commonwealth Society Film Collection
The Royal Commonwealth Society Film Collection contains twenty-one original amateur films made primarily in Africa, South and South East Asia, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and the US. It also contains viewing copies of three Ministry of Information and government-commissioned films.
Drama online allows you to watch productions from Shakespeare's Globe theatre here. It also includes scripts to over 1200 plays.
More streaming options
There is a large number of providers of streaming content that require sign-up or payment on an individual basis, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime (and additional video channels hosted on Amazon), Sky Cinema/NOW, MUBI, Curzon Home Cinema, Chili, BFI Player etc. Some of these may have free trial periods or student rates.
Filmdoo is a streaming service for European and world cinema - no sign-up fee, you can pay for each film on demand.
Cineuropa is the first European portal dedicated to cinema and audiovisual in 4 languages. It includes streaming options (rent or purchase) for independent films from across Europe and elsewhere. The site also features daily news, interviews, data bases and in-depth investigations into the audiovisual industry.