Kanopy Launches New Subscription Model for Public Libraries to Increase Access for All Viewers
New cost-effective lending model Kanopy PLUS for public libraries now available
SAN FRANCISCO – September 27, 2022 – Kanopy, the leading streaming provider of award-winning film and television for libraries, today announced a new subscription model that provides public libraries with more choice and budget flexibility. Kanopy PLUS (Public Library Unlimited Subscriptions) provides unlimited, all-you-can-watch access to pre-curated collections at a fixed price. Alongside the flagship pay-per-use model, this new subscription service provides another option for libraries to connect patrons with Kanopy’s award-winning film catalog.
Developed using librarian and patron feedback, the first four pre-curated collections—called PLUS Packs—consist of the most engaging and quality curations of 250-300 titles hand-selected by Kanopy staff librarians. More PLUS Packs will be added in the future.
The initial PLUS Packs available at launch:
- Favorites: A mix of patron and staff favorites that spans the breadth of the full catalog, including Joe Bell, Howards End and Dial M for Murder.
- Easy Viewing: Fun, charming and delightful titles that engage and entertain, such as My Afternoons with Margueritte, Charade and Life Animated.
- Diversity: DEI titles aimed to celebrate our differences, including Miss Juneteenth, Whale Rider and Ken Burns: The Central Park Five.
- World Cinema: International titles that span comedy, drama, romance and more. Titles include Transit, Nowhere in Africa and Downfall.
*Title availability varies by country.
Pricing is determined by a library’s annual circulation and can be paid as one annual subscription price upfront with no platform or hosting fees. Each Pack consists of its own unique collection of titles with no overlap and will be refreshed regularly. Patrons do not need to use play credits to view titles in PLUS Packs and enjoy Kanopy’s best-in-class user experience across most major devices.
“At Kanopy, we’re constantly striving to innovate access models for ease-of-use and streamlined library maintenance,” said Jason Tyrrell, Kanopy General Manager. “PLUS Packs will provide patrons unlimited access to meaningful collections of incredible film and television, while helping our library partners quickly and effortlessly manage their accounts. We understand that diversity of choice helps our platform better serve as a solution for libraries of all sizes and budget levels. PLUS Packs provide that choice without sacrificing the quality of the Kanopy experience for patrons, making this an especially impactful addition to our offerings.”
Kanopy is the leading streaming provider of high-quality films that matter. The company partners with filmmakers and movie studios around the globe to give movie-lovers free access to films that stimulate imagination, promote learning and spark meaningful conversations. Many films on Kanopy—including from iconic suppliers like the BBC, NEON, Samuel Goldwyn Films, HISTORY, A&E, First Run Features Kino Lorber and IFC Films—are unavailable elsewhere. The Kanopy app is available on iOS and Android and all major streaming devices, including Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV. In 2021, OverDrive acquired Kanopy to bring together the single most extensive catalog of premium content and the best-in-class user experience for video, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and additional streaming media. For more information, visit www.kanopy.com.
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