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Criterion on Demand Renewal 2021-2022
Begins:October 1, 2021
Ends:September 30, 2022
For the last 40 years, Criterion Pictures has been providing feature film rights to the Canadian non-theatrical market which includes Schools, Daycares, Municipalities, Colleges and Universities, Ground Transportation, Small Hotels, Resorts, Recreation Centres, Public Libraries, Businesses, Film Societies, etc.
Criterion Pictures distributes its product via film, DVD, VHS and more recently digital delivery. Working with its customers, it has developed a large number of viewing options in order to find cost-effective presentation methods that meet the individual needs of each marketplace.
Criterion Pictures works with its clients, whether it be for entertainment or educational purposes, to ensure client satisfaction and product superiority.
Criterion Pictures has developed an online digital delivery feature film platform called Criterion-on-Demand. Our goal is to provide easy access to educationally relevant feature films used in Canadian Higher Education Institutions. We have been working closely with Colleges and Universities to ensure we meet the needs of this market sector.
Criterion-on-Demand is the only customizable online Feature Film Solution-focused specifically on the Canadian Post Secondary Market.
Last updated: September 21, 2021
Criterion automatically generates monthly usage statistics for each subscribing institution and sends them out on the first Monday of the month to the library contact on file.
- Remote Access
- Unlimited Access
To RENEW, no response is required from current subscribers as listed above. To JOIN or CANCEL, libraries should contact BC ELN by the response deadline.
Late subscribers are welcome and pricing will be pro-rated.
Pricing and Trial Access
Terms & Conditions
Unlimited access, both on and off-campus, via IP address authentication. Access to the streaming media films is available through links in the MARC records or through a link to the CoD platform.
In order to play films in Internet Explorer 11 on the Windows 7 operating system, the user must have the Silverlight browser plug-in installed. This is a DRM system which is designed to prevent misuse of the digital content. Silverlight is free and takes only a few minutes to download and install.
Most other browsers do not require Silverlight.
Supporting documentation, including title lists, can be found on the BC ELN Criterion on Demand resource page.
MARC records can be downloaded from https://media3.criterionpic.com/display/006?t=MARC
MARC records are released quarterly.
Additional Implementation Details:
Criterion is willing to add new titles to the platform at the request of libraries. Criterion must already hold the Canadian rights for the film/studio in question. The request form is available at:
When Criterion receives a new title request for CoD, they advise that it will be considered for inclusion in the next batch content update. Content updates usually are uploaded twice per year (occasionally quarterly if there are many titles). If it is a rush request, Criterion will offer to add a single title within 10-business days for a admin/lab fee of $105. When rush requests are uploaded they do not include a MARC record – the MARC record will come with the next batch content update.