Video Streaming

You can stream or download and watch videos on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Hoopla

Access Hoopla

Hoopla lets you borrow videos to watch in your web browser or enjoy offline on your smartphone or tablet. Limit of four downloads per month. The loan period for Hoopla videos is three days.

Hoopla how-to guide

Getting started with Hoopla

You will need the following to use Hoopla:

  • A library card.
  • An internet connection.
  • A computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • The Hoopla app for iOS or Android (for your smartphone or tablet).
  • A Hoopla account.

Create your Hoopla account

To create your account:

  1. Begin by visiting Hoopla's website.
  2. Enter your email address and create a new password.
  3. Select Huntsville Public Library as your library.
  4. Choose your Hoopla notification options.
  5. Link your library card by typing in your barcode, and check the box that you agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. Select “sign me up”.

You can also register by using the mobile app on your iOS or Android device.

Using Hoopla on a computer

  1. Search or browse for videos.
  2. Click on a video to see more details.
  3. Select “borrow” to check out the title on your account.
  4. You can now view your content.
  5. You can only stream videos on a computer.
  6. Videos need the Google Widevine plugin.

Using Hoopla on a tablet or smartphone

  1. Download the Hoopla app from the App Store (iOS) or from Google Play.
  2. Launch the app and log in to your account.
  3. Search or browse for videos.
  4. Click on a video to see more details.
  5. You can now view your content.
  6. You can stream or download to a mobile device.
  7. Use a Wi-Fi connection instead of using a cellular connection to save your data.

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Kanopy

Access Kanopy

Kanopy lets you watch classic films, world cinema, documentaries and popular movies available for on-demand streaming. The loan period for Kanopy videos is three days.

Kanopy how-to guide

Getting started with Kanopy

You will need the following to watch videos on Kanopy:

  • A library card.
  • An Internet connection.
  • A computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • The Kanopy app for iOS or Android (for your smartphone or tablet).
  • A Kanopy account.

Create your Kanopy account

To create your account:

  1. Visit Kanopy's website and select sign up.
  2. You can sign up using your Facebook or Google account, or you can create an account from scratch.
  3. To make one from scratch, enter your first and last name, email address and a password of your choice. Click on “sign up” to finish.
  4. Check for an email from Kanopy and click the link to confirm your account. Clicking the link will open a new window.
  5. In the new window, enter your library card number and click “save”.

Using Kanopy on a computer

  1. Go to Kanopy's website to get started.
  2. Log in to your account.
  3. Search or browse for videos to watch.
  4. Click on a video to get it started.

Using Kanopy on a tablet or smartphone

  1. Download the Kanopy app from the App Store (iOS) or from Google Play.
  2. Launch the app and log in to your account.
  3. Search or browse for videos to watch.
  4. Tap on a video to get it started.
  5. Use a Wi-Fi connection instead of using a cellular connection to save your data.

 

Accessing Kanopy with a Smart TV  - using the right TV or accessories

There are a number of ways to play Kanopy on your TV, including:

  • The 4th generation or newer Apple TV boxes, Roku boxes, sticks, and TVs, and Amazon Fire TV boxes, sticks, and TVs can install a Kanopy app controlled with a remote.
  • The 3rd generation and older Apple TV plays Kanopy by mirroring your iPod, iPhone, or iPad screen using Airplay. You control playback from your Apple mobile device, and it must be present and running the app to work.
  • Chromecast "boxes" or TVs with built in Chromecast receiving can play Kanopy by mirroring from your iOS or Android mobile device. You control playback from your mobile device, and it must be present and running the app to work.
  • Using an HDMI cable, if your computer or mobile device can send video out through an HDMI cable and your TV has an HDMI input available. You control playback from your device, and it must be present and running the app or web browser to work. 
  • A number of newer TVs, game consoles, and addon boxes and sticks support another standard for mirroring devices called Miracast (sometimes it is just referred to as screen mirroring) which is supported by most newer Windows tablets and laptops and Android mobile devices. This is the least desirable method to play Kanopy on your TV because  sometimes the audio track becomes out-of-synch with the video. You control playback from your device, and it must be present and running the app or web browser to work. 

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