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MAX Video Streaming Service

What is MAX Video Streaming?

Provided that we can secure performance rights under US intellectual property laws Maxwell Library can stream multi-media content required for use in the classroom, for online courses, and as an interactive tool to augment course instruction.

Who can use it?

The streaming media service is available to all Bridgewater State University classroom instructors, both full‐time and part‐time.

How does the service work?

  • Only films that are required for your course – and for which streaming rights can be obtained - may be made available.
  • Streaming URLs will be emailed to you and must then be placed on a Blackboard or other course management site.
  • Personal videos can be made available for a maximum of 10 consecutive days and for one time only. Maxwell Library assumes no responsibility for personal property that is encoded for the Max Video Streaming system.
  • Streamed content may be of poorer quality than the original video.
  • This form does not place videos on Course Reserve. You may do that here: Course Reserve Request Form.

How do I request a video be streamed?

Use the Max Video Streaming Request form.

NOTE: Please allow two weeks for each request. All video and DVD items are streamed (digitized) in real-time. That is, it takes 45 minutes to digitize a title with a running time of 45 minutes. If an instructor requests multiple titles, each is converted one at a time.

What if a DVD cannot be streamed to my class?

  1. DVDs for which we cannot obtain educational viewing rights may be played in part or in whole in the classroom once per course, provided the classroom is equipped with a DVD player.
  2. DVDs that cannot be streamed can also be placed on a 2-hour reserve for student use at the request of the faculty member. Students may check out and view the DVD in room L-123

What are the details?

  1. The use of Videos and DVDs in the classroom is governed by U.S. Intellectual Property Laws, specifically:
  2. Maxwell Library attempts to purchase all videos and DVDs with performance level viewing rights
    • The content of videos owned by the library can only be streamed if the viewing rights are expressly granted by law, or agreement with the copyright holder, film distributor, or vendor. The library cannot stream videos and DVDs that are protected by digital encryption or Digital Rights Management (DRM) protocols.
    • The content of items owned by the library, and for which we have educational viewing rights can be made available for student use for the length of the course or for shorter, more specific timeframes.
    • The streamed content can be used simultaneously by an instructor for more than one class per semester and by more than one instructor for classes per semester.
  3. An instructor’s personal copy of a video or DVD can be streamed only once and only for one ten‐day period during the semester. The ten-day timeframe is determined by the instructor. Personal copies of DVDs can be placed on reserve at the request of the instructor.
    NOTE: If an instructor is the copyright holder, the library must receive permission in writing to stream the content for more than ten days.
    1. Instructors are encouraged to submit requests to the library to purchase video and DVD titles used for courses taught more than one time, each time the course is taught.
  4. VIEWING RIGHTS OUTSIDE OF THE US: Videos are released and encrypted with different viewing rights and playback standards in different regions of the world. Videos that stream in the US may not be viewable by students in other parts of the world.  Faculty of students studying abroad should be advised that it may be necessary for students in other countries to obtain a copy of the material that is encrypted for the region in which they reside.
  5. A video or DVD purchased by another department, program, or office may not have been purchased with educational viewing rights. For items that have not been purchased with the appropriate viewing rights, the library will not stream the content without demonstrable proof of educational viewing rights.
    1. Departments are encouraged to submit requests to the library to purchase video and DVD titles used for classroom instruction.
  6. Maxwell Library will not stream the content of items rented from a commercial provider such as Netflix, items owned by other libraries, or when the level of viewing rights cannot be determined.


For more information, consult the entire MVS Policy, or contact us at or 508-531.1392.