"According to a recent release by Nielsen, online video usage in the U.S. is up considerably from the same time last year, as time spent viewing video on PC/Mac/laptops from home and work locations increased by 45%. Although the number of unique online video viewers only increased by 3.1% from last January, level of activity was up as viewers streamed 28% more video and spent 45% more time watching. Total video streams also saw significant year-over-year growth, up 31.5% to 14.5 billion streams."
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Most of this viewing is popular movies and YouTube videos but there's a growing amount of educational content available too. At American University you can access over 10,000 documentaries and other curriculum-oriented videos via the online catalog. Our holdings currently include Films On Demand, American History on Video, Ethnographic Film Archive, and Television News Archive. Soon we will be adding Shakespeare plays and many titles from Media Education Foundation and California Newsreel. These videos are accessible to individuals with current valid AU IDs though and require a login.
The quickest way to check what streaming videos we have in your area of interest is to do a keyword search using the Media Services catalog interface.