Fagan Finder: Video search

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Overview

YouTube may be the most popular website for videos, but there are a lot of videos that you won’t find there.

You can use this page to run the same search across a wide range of sites for finding movies, television, and other videos as well as reviews, information, and more.

The results found are mostly streaming videos, also known as video-on-demand, meaning they do not need to be downloaded to view. There are tools you can use to download streaming video.

This page emphasizes free resources, however some of the videos which can be found are restricted, i.e. they may require free registration, not be available in all regions, or require a fee or paid subscription.

Search engines

Google, Bing, Yandex, blinkx, and MeFeedia are all search engines that can find videos from many different hosts, including those on this page. Most results are free to watch, but Bing and Google include some paid videos.

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Social media

Use the Facebook and Twitter searches above to find videos shared on those social sites. You must be logged into Facebook to get proper search results from it.

Vine was a social media site exclusively for sharing 6-second looping videos. Although closed to new videos, existing ones can still be found.

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Video hosts

Most websites do not host their own videos, but instead host them on YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Rumble, Veoh, Metacafe, and other popular video hosting sites. This is often cheaper, enables greater distribution, and includes useful features.

While the videos hosted on these sites are generally included in search engines, some can be missed, and the host sites often have additional features not available from the search engines.

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Long videos

These are the most popular video search tools, filtered to find videos with a duration of 20 minutes or longer.

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Movies, series (free)

These websites include movies, television shows, and web series, and are ad-supported so they are free to watch.

Although they can’t be searched from this page, see also:

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Movies, series (paid)

Although the focus of Fagan Finder is free resources, a lot of popular movies and TV shows are only available for a price.

JustWatch searches through many different online video services and on-demand television stations, most of which charge a fee to watch individually or a monthly fee for unlimited watching. The services vary by country and may include Netflix, Amazon, HBO Now, Apple iTunes, Hulu, Epix, Showtime, Starz, Google Play, Vudu, Playstation, Microsoft Store, Fandango Now, Fandor, Shudder, Mubi, CraveTV, Wuaki, Stan, Quickflix, Dendy Direct, etc. JustWatch offers more countries than are listed here, so see their website if you live elsewhere.

IndieFlix and IndiePix Films are not included on JustWatch and both offer independent and international movies, short films, and documentaries. Your local library may have a subscription for IndieFlix, so check if you can get it for free. IndiePix Films includes download and DVD options in addition to streaming video.

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Library services

hoopla, OverDrive, Alexander Street, and IndieFlix (under movies, series (paid)), are video services that are free if your local library subscribes to them. You will need to log in via your library or library card to watch.

While Alexander Street focuses on educational content, the others also include entertainment such as Hollywood films and television shows.

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Public media

The BBC, PBS, and the National Film Board are various types of public media, which are only available to watch in their respective countries. See also the CBC in Canada and the ABC in Australia, which cannot be searched from this page.

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Open licences

These tools include videos under various open licences, including Creative Commons and those in the public domain.

The Internet Archive is a non-profit library that provides online access to tons of free materials. Most videos can be viewed online and/or downloaded. There are around 3 million including feature films, stock footage, animation, educational videos, television news, etc. Among the many subcollections is a large portion of the Prelinger Archives.

YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr are filtered here to open videos only. Flickr and Pixabay are primarily image websites but are filtered to show only video. All Pixabay content is free.

Europeana is a government-funded collection of European cultural heritage.

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News

Associated Press (AP) and Reuters are wire services that provide video to many other news outlets. The AP Archive includes videos from Associated Press and other organizations, going back to 1895.

The TV News Archive (part of the Internet Archive under open licences), searches through the closed captions of American news shows from 2009 onward.

The New York Times and ABC News are individual news media outlets.

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Live video

Periscope, YouTube (live), and Facebook (live) are all services enabling anyone to broadcast live video. Ustream is similar but oriented towards broadcasts by businesses.

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Live TV channels

wwiTV, TVopedia, and Squid TV (which has no search function), list the live streaming pages of television channels (stations) around the world. You can search by channel or location.

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Educational

TeacherTube has a large collection of educational videos, especially useful for schools where computers are blocked from accessing YouTube. OpenEd and WatchKnowLearn include videos from YouTube and other sources. OpenEd is organized around United States K-12 education standards, while WatchKnowLearn is organized into topics for children ages 3 to 18. On SchoolTube, most videos are made by students and approved by their school. National Geographic videos are mostly short videos of wildlife and science.

See also Khan Academy which has instructional videos (hosted in YouTube) on math, science, and more.

Educational videos can also be found on the library services and many of the other tools included here.

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Documentaries

DocumentaryHeaven, Top Documentary Films, FreeDocumentaries.org, and Documentary Storm are directories of documentaries hosted on YouTube and other sites. FreeDocumentaries.org has a feature allowing annotation for fact-checking.

The Documentaries Reddit is a community forum for posting, commenting, and voting on documentaries.

Documentaries can also be found on SnagFilms and many of the other tools included here.

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Lectures

Most of the lectures on these sites are aimed at higher education, but some are suitable for secondary (high school) students.

Yovisto, unlike the other sites here, searches within the actual content of the videos.

VideoLectures.NET, CosmoLearning, Free Video Lectures, and LearnersTV have lectures organized into subjects and courses. On Free Video Lectures, you can only search by course, not individual lecture. Many videos on VideoLectures.net are paired with their slides, which can be used to navigate with them. Videos on the other sites are hosted on YouTube.

The Lectures Reddit is a community forum for posting, commenting, and voting on lectures and talks.

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Talks

While typically educational, talks are less formal than lectures and often involve storytelling. TED Talks (which include TEDx events around the world) are the most popular. Ignite Talks are held around the world and must be 5 minutes and 20 slides. Big Think videos feature experts talking to camera without visual aids.

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How-to

Howcast and Wonder How To include instructional videos across a range of topics.

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Animated GIFs

Giphy, Tenor, GifMe, and PopKey are all search engines for animated GIFs, short video clips with no sound.

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Commercials

Creativity Online (by Advertising Age) and Adland are both advertising-industry publications that include archives of commercials from around the world.

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Other video

Vevo includes music videos from all the major record labels. Music videos can also be found on YouTube and other sites listed here. The music category on Vimeo has music videos, recordings of live performances, and music documentaries.

The Home Movie Registry is a catalogue of old home movies (mostly American) from a variety of sources, some of which are hosted by the Internet Archive. Most of the videos are watchable online.

YouTube channels lets you search for users (contributors) on YouTube. “Google, with captions” is Google video search, limited to videos that have subtitles or closed captions.

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Movie/TV information

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb), The Movie Database, AllMovie, Movies.com TV.com, TVmaze, and TheTVDB.com all provide information about movies, television shows and episodes, actors, and more. This may include plot summaries, cast and crew, genres, release dates, budgets, reviews, recommendations, etc., as well as media including trailers and still images. Despite the names, IMDb and The Movie Database include both movies and television. Many of these sites also include lists and articles.

Fandom is a collection of individual wikis about television shows, movies, and fictional universes that span across multiple media.

What is my movie? lets you find movies by describing them. It uses artificial intelligence and analyses the video content and other information. Check their website for examples.

TV Tropes is a wiki about the common themes and devices used in film, television, and other media.

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Reviews

While some of the tools in the information section include reviews and ratings, these sites are dedicated to them. Both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic have a primary score based on professional critics and another score based on ratings from the general public.

Common Sense Media, Kids-in-Mind, and Screen It! (which does not have a search function) provide reviews to help adults decide whether a work is appropriate for children of various ages. The reviews are very detailed and score on multiple different types of material (violence, language, scariness, etc.). Common Sense Media includes movies, television, and other media, while the other two include only movies.

The Bechdel Test Movie List rates movies on whether or not they pass the Bechdel Test, a basic test for gender equality.

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Movie/TV scripts

The Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb), SimplyScripts, and WeeklyScript (not included as a tool above) contain screenplays for movies and TV episodes. Some are plain text, others are PDF files.

The “Google” option is a Google search limited to script sites, including the three mentioned here.

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Movie showtimes

Search for movies or locations on Fandango or Moviefone to find local showtimes in the United States. Fandango works in Canada too.

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Film festivals

FilmFreeway lists thousands of film festivals, screenplay contents and similar events around the world.

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International

These English-language websites include free-to-watch movies and TV shows from mostly non-English speaking countries.

Viki, DramaFever, and Asian Crush contain works mostly from Asian countries, but also Latin America and other places. They have subtitles in English and some other languages. BoxTV has Bollywood and other Indian movies in English and other languages.

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Non-English

These are large video sites that are used in non-English-speaking countries. The videos are mostly not in English, and most do not have an English version of their site.

Youku and iQIYI are the biggest video sites in China, a country where YouTube is blocked. Youku has both professional and user-contributed videos, whereas iQIYI is professional only. Aparat is a popular site in Iran (in Farsi), where YouTube is also blocked.

TV UOL and Globo Play are Brazilian sites, in Portuguese. TV UOL has both professional and user-contributed videos. Globo Play has content from Rede Globo, a major television network.

Rutube is a Russian site that has professional and user-contributed videos. Tune.pk is used in South Asian countries; the site itself and many of the videos are in English.

Niconico and FC2 are both Japanese sites available in English, with user-contributed videos. Niconico requires a free account to watch. Naver is a Korean site that has professional and user-contributed videos.

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