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Published on November 16th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson


Kanopy movie service through libraries comes to Apple TV

The on-demand video platform Kanopy has released its Apple TV-ready app allowing users to stream a collection of more than 30,000 films by simply having a patron card with some 4,000 libraries worldwide.

More than five million users can stream movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the independent and classic film, world cinema, and critical favorites, for free.

Kanopy’s library is made up of 60 percent documentaries. The service has more than one million minutes and more than 17,000 hours of content.

Canopy screen shotUsers to stream a collection of more than 30,000 films through Kanopy by simply having a patron card with more than 4,000 libraries around the world.

Some key titles on the streaming service include the Oscar-nominated documentary, I am Not Your Negro, rare films like Francis Ford Coppola’s Dementia 13, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Two Days in Paris

This year, Kanopy has launched with a number of major public libraries, including Los Angeles, New York City, Baltimore, Columbus, Seattle, Brooklyn, Austin, New Orleans, San Francisco, Annapolis, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. The service is available in more than 200 library systems and over 1200 individual public library locations across the US.

Content highlights include documentaries, feature films, rare and hard to find titles, and classic films, with curated work from The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. Selections from the Criterion Collection are available at as well.

Kanopy screen shotOne of the key titles on Kanopy includes the Oscar-nominated documentary, I am Not Your Negro.

Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. The service has recently become available in public libraries and access is rapidly expanding across the US, Canada, and Australia.

The Kanopy app is now available through the Apple TV App Store. Registration is not available through the Apple TV app and patrons will need to sign up through their mobile device or desktop PC. Once an account is set up using a valid local library card, an authentication process with the Kanopy Apple TV app will be required. Following that, content will be accessible for browsing, searching and selecting.

There are limits to the number of items available to stream. Each limit is set by the partnering library system and will vary based on a number of titles per month. Patrons will need to check with their library system.

The announcement comes as another similar service, Hoopla Digital, released it’s Apple TV app in the last few days. Hoopla is a competing service offering free content through patrons of various library systems. Where Hoopla focuses on TV shows, audiobooks, and graphic novels, Kanopy concentrates on feature-length films and videos.

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as,,,, and He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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