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January 19, 2021

Kanopy Pandemic leads to a significant increase in streaming video usage that is expected to continue, study shows. As more people stayed at home during 2020 due to the pandemic, they were streaming a lot more videos for reasons beyond just entertainment. This trend is expected to continue over the next three years, prompting many public libraries to transition their budgets from DVDs to streaming and prepare for changes and challenges. [Full Announcement].

January 13, 2021

Kanopy Pandemic leads to a significant increase in streaming video usage that is expected to continue, study shows. As more people stayed at home during 2020 due to the pandemic, they were streaming a lot more videos for reasons beyond just entertainment. This trend is expected to continue over the next three years, prompting many public libraries to transition their budgets from DVDs to streaming and prepare for changes and challenges. [Full Announcement].

January 6, 2021

Kanopy Kanopy Announces new partnership with Participant to further promote Public access to social impact entertainment. Kanopy announced today a digital content partnership with Participant, the leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires audiences to engage in positive social change. Available to Kanopy users since December, the content agreement offers a selection of Participant's content to participating public library card holders. [Full Announcement].

November 16, 2020

Kanopy Kanopy study shows collection diversity in streaming video is very important to libraries. A primary mission shared by both academic and public libraries is to meet the streaming video needs of students and patrons for diverse and inclusive content such as African American Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies, Women's Studies, Disabilities Studies and more. Preliminary results of a Kanopy survey of more than 960 librarians, publicly available January 2021, show that 94% of academic and 86% of public libraries say Collection Diversity is “very important” to “important.” Yet only 26% and 29% respectively say they are fully meeting their users' needs for such content. [Full Announcement].

October 15, 2020

Kanopy A+E Networks and Kanopy sign digital content. A+E Networks and Kanopy, the streaming platform available through partnered public and academic libraries, announced today a digital library content agreement. Further enhancing Kanopy's educational value with select docuseries from A+E Networks' content divisions, including HISTORY and A&E, the deal provides users in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand with access to acclaimed documentaries and historical specials. [Full Announcement].

October 16, 2019

Kanopy Kanopy appoints digital library pioneer Kevin Sayer as its new CEO. Kanopy, the free-to-the-user video streaming platform for critically-acclaimed films and documentaries, today announced that veteran higher education executive Kevin Sayar has been named as the company’s new CEO, effective October 21. Sayar succeeds Olivia Humphrey, who is relocating with her family back to her native Australia. Humphrey will remain as Kanopy’s Executive Chairman of the Board. [Full Announcement].

October 3, 2019

Kanopy Kanopy Makes Two Key Additions To Senior Leadership Team, Opens Engineering Office In Orange County. Kanop announced the addition of two key hires to its senior leadership team. Dave Barney has joined Kanopy as Chief Technology Officer and Chase Rigby is the company's new Chief Product Officer, both reporting to CEO Olivia Humphrey. Both are longtime veterans of Google. The company also announced a new engineering office in California's Orange County that will help Kanopy continue to recruit top technology talent. [Full Announcement].

April 8, 2019

Kanopy Premium streaming service Kanopy launches first public library partnership in the United Kingdom. Kanopy , a streaming video on demand platform for critically-acclaimed films and documentaries delivered for free to the consumer through the financial support of academic and public libraries, has launched at Southwark Libraries, creating a first-of-its-kind partnership with a public library in the UK and Europe. [Full Announcement].

July 7, 2018

Kanopy L Squared Capital Partners Completes Growth Investment in Kanopy. L Squared Capital Partners announced a growth investment in Kanopy, which represents L Squared’s eighth platform investment over the past four years. Headquartered in San Francisco, Kanopy is a streaming video platform that offers millions of professors, students, and public library patrons free and convenient access to a unique collection of 30,000 highly curated films and documentaries. Kanopy has emerged as the leading destination for thoughtful educational entertainment with content ranging from award winning independent films and documentaries to cinematic classics to engaging lifelong learning course modules. [Full Announcement].

August 25, 2015

Kanopy Kanopy Video Streaming signs 377 new Universities and Colleges for 2015-2016 academic year. Kanopy, the leading on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions, today announced it has brought on 377 new U.S.-based university and college customers for the 2015-2016 academic year. New customers signed in 2015 include Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Texas A&M, Howard University, UC San Diego, and University of Michigan, among others. In the last two years Kanopy grew its U.S. customer base to more than 1000 educational institutions. [Full Announcement].