Answered By: Mike E.
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2018     Views: 5049

Kanopy and Hoopla both offer streaming video through libraries. They both operate on a credit per month system to help libraries control costs (as of February 2018, both services allow 5 credits per month per WPL cardholder). However, there are some differences:

  • Hoopla also offers music albums.
  • Hoopla also offers a download for offline viewing option but Kanopy only streams video, so you will always need an Internet connection to use Kanopy.
  • Hoopla is aimed more at popular entertainment, where Kanopy focuses more on documentaries and independent and classic films. However both are great sources of entertainment.
  • Kanopy has more online learning content than Hoopla.

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    Comments (2)

    1. I have been trying Kanopy to see if our library should buy it, and it does now (early 2019) allow download. There is a limit of 1 per day as far as I can see.
      by Betsy from NY on Mar 08, 2019.
    2. Hi Betsy,

      I hope that is indeed the case for you. Kanopy has not made us aware of this, and it's possible that their Canadian distribution rights don't cover download. We'll ask them.

      Thanks,
      Mike@WPL
      by Mike@WPL on May 17, 2019.

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