Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
site header image

Copyright & Fair Use: Pay-Per-View Streaming Services

This guide provides a general overview of copyright issues.

Services

There are many streaming video providers that offer rental or purchase options for movies and television shows.  Most of these involve creating an account with the provider.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video has three ways to watch streaming video: through a subscription to Amazon Prime, rent, or buy.  Not all options are available for all titles. 

Amazon’s Prime Video service provides access to more than 45,000 titles.  Most of the titles offered are feature films or TV shows, but documentaries and other forms are also available.

Rental prices differ per title, but are generally under $5.

Once payment is completed streaming can begin immediately.  Streaming can also be delayed for later viewing.  License terms for each video gives a viewing window of 48 hours, within an overall span of 30 days.

More information about Amazon Prime Video can be found here.

YouTube Movies & Shows

YouTube now offers a variety of movies and TV shows that can be rented or purchased.  They also have over 300 movies available for free with ad breaks. 

The movie library has new releases, award-winning films, and even movies that are still in theaters.  They can be streamed through any device with an internet connection.  Rented movies are available for 30 days, once you start playing one you have 48 hours to finish before the rental period ends. 

TV shows can be purchased by season or episode and most are available the day after a show airs.  Purchasing a season pass automatically updates your library when a new episode is available.

More information about YouTube Movies & TV Shows can be found here.

Apple TV App

The Apple TV app can be used with an Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac computers, and some Smart TVs.  It is home to thousands of movies and TV shows that are available to buy or rent in standard and high definition.  Original content is available through an Apple TV+ subscription. 

The Apple TV app can also be connected to other subscription streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu, that can be viewed within the app.

More information about the Apple TV app can be found here.

Google Play

With Google Play, you can discover the latest movies and TV shows and watch them instantly on your computer, Android, and iOS. Download to your phone or tablet and watch even when you're offline.

Choose from new releases, award-winning films, and even movies that are still playing in theaters. With thousands of popular movies, timeless classics and HD titles available on Google Play, you can enjoy one of your favorite movies or discover a new one.

Catch up on your favorite TV shows with Google Play. Watch last night's episodes or past seasons of can't miss reality TV, laugh out loud comedies, nail biting dramas, notable documentaries and more, when it's most convenient for you. You can even get a season pass to have the latest episodes added automatically to your library the day after it airs.

More information about Google Play can be found here.

Search Streaming Services

These services search multiple platforms to find where videos may be available through purchase or subscription.

Decider

Decider is the first entertainment and pop culture destination site created to help today’s on-demand generation discover the best streaming content through a unique blend of pop culture expertise and hilarious insight. It searches multiple platforms for movies and television shows and it also publishes recommendations and entertainment news.

JustWatch

On JustWatch you can easily find out where to watch your favorite movies & TV shows in the United States.  JustWatch is easy and effective: choose your favorite streaming providers in the WatchBar to see what’s on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and more than 85 other legal streaming providers. This website also offers suggestions based on movies or TV shows that you have liked.