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What is Streaming Video?

 Streaming video is a means of delivering video content to computer desktops via an Internet connection, without requiring any additional equipment for decoding or downloading.  A host server delivers the file to the receiving computer.  Multiple users can view the same video at the same time from different locations.

Streaming video differs from downloads in that no copy of the file is stored on the end-user’s computer, so files remain relatively secure.

Playback requires receiving computers to have appropriate software installed.  Commonly used streaming frameworks include Windows Media, RealVideo, QuickTime, and Flash.  Effective use of streaming video requires a robust, high-speed internet connection.  Dial-up connections generally are too slow to adequately deliver streaming videos. (St Catherine's University Libguide)

What is Films on Demand?

Films On Demand offers over 14,000 streaming videos covering a wide range of subjects including art, psychology, education, history, and more. These films are fully searchable, available 24/7, and easily downloadable and viewed either in their entirety or by segment.

The MxCC Library subscribes to the following collections for faculty, staff, and students:

  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Business & Economics
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Health & Medicine
  • Archival Films & Newsreels

Films can be used for class assignments, shown during class, and shared with others through Blackboard and email. Additional special features include the ability to organize and bookmark clips, share playlists, and store quick links to favorite videos.

Contact the Library


Jean Burr Smith Library
Middlesex Community College

100 Training Hill Road

Middletown, CT 06457


When you find your own videos

Remember to evaluate by timeliness, reliability, authority, and purpose (T-R-A-P).

See the guide below for more detail.