Free Streaming: 30,000 reasons to join your library

IF YOU'RE a uni student, keen on movies, or a regular stream-binger, here are 30,000 new reasons to join your local library.

The Australian owned on-demand video streaming service Kanopy, announced today they have partnered with Telstra to provide free access to thousands of movies direct to consumers' homes.

So long as you have the data, Kanopy is free to users thanks to partnerships with libraries across Australia. All one needs to access this catalogue of films is a compatible library membership.

Customers with Telstra TV can now download the Kanopy app and access roughly 30,000 films with a focus on 'thoughtful and enriching' independent films, documentaries and educational videos to users.


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The catalogue being made to readers includes award-winning films from around the world such as Loving Vincent, Kedi, Cameraperson, Their Finest, Colossal, Man on Wire, Churchill, and I Am Not Your Negro.

Keeping it local is an unparalleled selection of Australian-made movies such as LION, The Dressmaker, Jasper Jones, The Babadook.

Rebecca Haagsma, Director of Product Development and Innovation at Telstra said the Telstra TV app has made Kanopy available to over a million devices in Australia already.

"Kanopy's selection of free, thought-provoking film, documentaries and TV series from around the world is an example of how institutions like libraries and media are adapting to the changing ways we all consume information today. "

Kanopy only requires the viewer to have a current library membership for activation at a partner public library or university. Queensland is the most recent public library to provide access to Kanopy, after other Australian public libraries in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia launched earlier this year.

Almost all universities in Australia have partnerships with Kanopy, making the service widely available. Plus, public library memberships can be quickly and easily completed online, so non-members can join their eligible local library, and then sign up to Kanopy at to start watching films.

In addition to the Telstra TV app, Kanopy, can be accessed from platforms including Chromecast, AppleTV, iOS and Android and can be viewed using your phone, tablet or computer. The service is also ad and commercial free.

To start watching, download the Kanopy app now on Telstra TV, or sign up at