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Kanopy: A Movie Lover’s Paradise


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Meghan, Queen's Square | October 1, 2018

Whether you’re a film buff or someone who just wants more quality entertainment options, you’re going to get a kick out of Kanopy, the new online streaming movie platform available starting October 1st with your Idea Exchange membership. With over 30,000 films available to watch using your computer or mobile device, Kanopy offers an all-you-can-eat buffet of cinematic delights. Each Kanopy user gets 8 plays (movies to stream) per month, but you can save additional films on the Watchlist feature on your User Dashboard to watch later. 

It’s easy to set up your own mini film festival using these new collections, which are chockful of old Hollywood classics, cult hits, indie gems and international/foreign language movies of the type that earn raves at Cannes and TIFF. Whether you’re into French New Wave masterpieces like The 400 Blows, elegant heist thrillers like Charade or Vincent Price horror flicks like House on Haunted Hill, there are tons of options to explore.

Looking for something more contemporary? Kanopy also features buzzworthy indie films like the social media satire, Ingrid Goes West, the nostalgic romance, Brooklyn or the inspirational A Street Cat Named Bob.

Viewers who enjoy a gripping documentary will also find Kanopy offers countless intriguing choices on off-beat topics ranging from the font Helvetica to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, from wild parrots to minimalist lifestyles.

While Kanopy’s offerings are mostly geared to adults, the platform also offers a small but well-curated collection of kids’ films, TV programs and language-learning videos, with an emphasis on educational value and age-appropriateness. It’s a commercial-free, on-demand, high-quality alternative to kids’ programming on cable.

Kanopy’s greatest strength, however, is that it offers access to an amazing selection of classics and hidden gems that you aren’t likely to encounter on other streaming entertainment services. It’s a wonderful way to explore world-class cinema from the comfort of home.

Ready to get started? We have a Kanopy help sheet [PDF] to walk you through the basics.