This year marks the 10th anniversary of Films On Demand, the award-winning streaming video service from Infobase. Films On Demand currently serves more than 250 million educators, students, and librarians and is widely regarded as a frontrunner in the educational streaming video field.
Films On Demand was launched by Films Media Group (FMG) in May 2005, under the name FMG On Demand, as a streaming alternative to its DVD offerings. After Infobase acquired FMG in 2007, the first comprehensive, multisubject, streaming video subscription collection for the academic market was soon launched under its new and now very familiar name, Films On Demand.
Since its inception, Films On Demand has grown at a whirlwind pace, with the number of video titles increasing from 1,000 in 2005 to 25,000 in 2015, the segments skyrocketing from 10,000 in 2005 to 300,000 this year, and the subjects now more than 30 in a wide range of diverse areas. Versions for the high school and public markets are now available, under the names Classroom Video On Demand and Access Video On Demand, respectively. To date, the three On Demand versions have had more than 300 million views on the platform.
The extensive amount of video content comes from more than 800 of the best producers around the world—including BBC, PBS, History Education, Ken Burns, TED, The Bill Moyers Collection, and NBC News, and hundreds of others, along with exclusive, proprietary content from Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education Corporation, and Shopware. New content is added regularly.
One of the hallmarks of Films On Demand is its array of cutting-edge tools and flexible options for interacting with the outstanding content. Predefined segments are provided for every video, along with the ability to create custom segments, making it easy to find specific pieces of content quickly and to organize them into sharable playlists. Users enjoy unlimited, simultaneous access from any location, on any device, as well as a wealth of features such as customization tools, searchable transcripts, captioning, dynamic citations, Google Translate, powerful search and browse options, integration tools for Web-based catalog systems and Learning Management Systems, a robust admin portal, a product support center with live help chat, and more.
“We’re incredibly proud of Films On Demand and the way it’s helped to transform the educational arena into an era of cloud-based digital video, making valuable video content available to students and educators in an easy yet meaningful way,” said Mark McDonnell, president and CEO of Infobase Holdings, Inc. “We remain committed to keeping Films On Demand one step ahead of our customers’ evolving needs.”