Films on Demand

Films on Demand is a high-quality streaming video and multimedia database from Films Media Group (FMG).  You can see Films on Demand by visiting http://digital.films.com/

FMG has put videos from Films for the Humanities & Sciences,  Cambridge Educational, Meridian, and Shopware online to bring the newest video and bestselling programs right to your computer.

The video collections in Films on Demand are intended for a diverse audience.   While FMG says that adults are their main audience, middle and high school students can watch, enjoy, and learn from the videos in Films on Demand too.

Why use Films on Demand?

Films on Demand videos are organized in collections that can be used with almost any homework assignment, presentation, or research paper you've been assigned.  There are nine subject collections: 
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Business & Economics
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Health & Medicine
  • Technical Education
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Careers & Job Search
  • Guidance & Counseling
  • Archival Films & Newsreels

How to use Films on Demand

You can use Films on Demand by searching for a keyword (like "peer pressure", "greenhouse effect", or "algebra") or for a specific title.  You can also browse by clicking on a subject collection and scrolling through all the videos in a category.  Once you've found a video you want to watch, click the title, push play, and the video will stream on your computer just like the videos on YouTube and Hulu.

Please note that Films on Demand is a subscription database.  You will need to be inside the library building or have a username and password to watch the videos.  If you want to watch Films on Demand from home and don't have a username and password.

Technical Requirements

Since Films on Demand is a high-resolution, streaming video database, there are some technical requirements.  All computers in the library building meet the technical requirements. Please read through the list carefully to make sure you can watch Films on Demand from your computer.  You will need: 
  • Computer with a high-speed Internet connection (380 kbps DSL or 500 kpbs Cable Modem). 
  • Adobe Flash Video Player.  Some videos are available in Windows Media or QuickTime, but are lower quality.
  • If you use Firefox as your Internet browser, you will also have to download a plug-in to watch the videos.

Problems with Films on Demand?

If you are having trouble with Films on Demand, you can ask a librarian for help.  You can also check Films on Demand Documentations and FAQs pages for a list of guides and instructions.  There are some Flash video tutorials available.

There are some known problems with this database that they won't be able to fix, though.  Streaming can be very slow at busy times, usually 10am to 2pm.  If you're having trouble getting a video to play properly during those times, it's probably because too many people are trying to watch at the same time.


Tutorial created by Heather Bowman
May 2010