The University of Washington, in conjunction with the UW Libraries Media Center, is working to point students towards websites that provide free and legal access to audio and visual materials, through streaming or downloading.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Free Movies & Films

Collocates movies and television shows that are freely and legally available on the web for streaming. Can be organized by Last Added, Top Rated, and Most Viewed.

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Archival Sound Recordings

The Archival Sound Recordings of the British Library service is the result of a development project to increase access to the Sound Archive's extensive collections. When complete, it will make 8,000 hours of digitized audio freely available.

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Frontera Collection

The Arhoolie Foundation's Strachwitz Frontera Collection of commercially produced Mexican and Mexican-American recordings (the Frontera Collection) is the largest repository of Mexican and Mexican-American vernacular recordings in existence. With funding from Los Tigres del Norte Foundation the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center has sponsored the digitization of the first section of the collection by the Arhoolie Foundation.

Song samples available for streaming.


PBS Video

On PBS Video, award-winning national programming and locally produced shows are just a click away. Watch your favorite shows and catch the episodes you may have missed, all on your schedule. PBS Video content is brought to you through on–demand streaming. All you need is the latest version of Flash and a reliable Internet connection, and you’ll be able to enjoy hundreds of hours of content. And best of all–it's free!


Contemporary World Music

Contains 50,000 tracks of contemporary world music that deliver the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database contains important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.


Monday, June 8, 2009


Download-to-own: Hollywood movies, popular TV shows, and music videos are available for purchase, providing an unlimited viewing period on up to 3 devices. Pay-Per-View: Hollywood movies are available for purchase, providing customers a 24 hour window to watch the video. As with all CinemaNow downloads, customers can start watching in minutes or download the file and watch it anytime, anywhere.

Price: Download-to-own movies are priced from $9.99 to $19.99; TV shows and music videos are priced at $1.99. Pay-Per-View movies are priced between $2.99 and $3.99.



With 90,000 titles, you can rent or purchase DVD’s online for snail mail delivery, and can return or exchange at store nearest you. Also able to download movies to your computer.

Price: 3 movies for $19.99/mo at a time. Free shipping.