The little-known free streaming service with more than 30,000 movies and NO ads – and all you need is a library card

THERE is a little-known streaming service that offers over 30,000 films and series for free – and doesn’t force any advertising on you.

After Netflix’s password sharing ban and the prospect of a similar move from Disney+, it may be time to venture into new streaming waters.

The app is available on Apple TVs, Roku, Chromcast, AndroidTV, Amazon Fire and Samsung TVs


The app is available on Apple TVs, Roku, Chromcast, AndroidTV, Amazon Fire and Samsung TVsPhoto credit: Kanopy

Kanopy is a video streaming service specializing in indie cinema and foreign films, hosting critically acclaimed titles such as Donnie Darko and Parasite.

There are also children’s shows and read-aloud books for bedtime.

To use it free of charge, all you need is a library card.

Alternatively, you can register for free as a student or professor at a college or university.

Offering so much for free Kanopy works with public libraries and universities to provide viewers with ad-free content that they can watch on TV, smartphone or laptop.

“Kanopy doesn’t charge you because the public library or university covers all associated costs, so you can watch for free and without ads,” the company writes.

The app is available on Apple TVs, Roku, Chromcast, AndroidTV, Amazon Fire and Samsung TVs.

However, there is a limit to how much content you can watch on Kanopy.

Each viewer is granted a set number of Play Credits each month, which are spent on watching content. However, this number may increase if you are a member of multiple libraries.

Viewers then have approximately 48 to 72 hours to watch content before the Play credit expires.

It is important to note that you can watch some films without credits and that the Kanopy Kids section is free and unlimited to watch.

To see if your library has made Kanopy available, enter the name of your local public library Here.

As for colleges and universities, to find out if your colleges and universities have access to Kanopy, just search Here.

If your library is not listed, Kanopy offers a “Your library was not found” form that you can fill out to request your library to make the streaming service available.

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