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AU Library Offers Streaming Video Collection for Mobile Devices

A few of the many films available for streaming on your mobile device.

One of AU’s online streaming video databases has updated its site to allow users to watch videos in more places. Films on Demand now provides videos in the h.264 video format, which means you can watch films in the collection on your iPad or iPhone—or on any other device with iOS.

The site has also adopted a new video player that adjusts its playback settings based on the device you are using and your internet connection. This allows videos to play more smoothly regardless of where you try to watch them.

Films on Demand has redesigned its site as well, so users can navigate through the video collection more easily.

The site includes new special collections for certain programs and directors, including the History Channel, Ken Burns, Frontline and BBC. Users can view these programs through a tab at the top of the home page.

You don’t need to be in the library or even on campus to access the collection. If you are on an AU network and are authenticated, you can access these films from anywhere on campus.

If you are off campus, you can navigate to the collection by searching for "Films on Demand" in Library Databases on the AU Library website. Before you begin watching videos, you will be asked to log in with your AU ID and password.

Professors, students and staff can create user accounts through the site, which allow them to save favorites and create playlists. This can help queue up required videos for classes or point students to recommended films on the site.

The site includes thousands of videos organized into categories including anthropology, biology, guidance and counseling, area studies and world languages.

Films on Demand is one of many ways you can access educational videos through the AU library. To find out more, contact Media Services at libmediaft@american.edu or 202-885-3250.