Criterion on Demand

From the vendor:

Criterion Pictures has developed an on-line 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.

Features of the product include:

  • A dedicated post-secondary bilingual website that offers title information, search capabilities, lists new releases and accepts title requests
  • More than 1,600 English titles
  • More than 1,300 French titles
  • Approximately 135 foreign language films with English subtitles
  • More than 100 documentary features
  • Subtitles and/or Closed Captioned when available
  • MARC records
  • Access via IP authentication including off-campus access
  • Unlimited 24-7 access
  • High quality media files 

See the attached guide for more details.

Acquisition Options

Criterion on Demand is an online streaming service. The standard product, and the product available through our consortial offer, is for the complete collection.

Outside of the offer, any of the titles available on Criterion on Demand may also be subscribed to on an individual title-by-title basis. Additionally, the vendor can add content for which they hold licensing rights but which is not included in the Criterion on Demand collection (such as TV programs) to the COD platform for individual subscribers on a title-by-title basis upon request.

Otherwise, streaming rights for self-hosted videos can also be purchased separately on a title-by-title basis.

If you are interested in any of the options above that fall outside of the consortial offer, please contact the vendor directly, as these subscriptions/purchases are not handled by OCLS.


WIth the exception of Google Chrome, in order to play films, users 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. Silverlight is compatible with a wide variety of operating systems and browsers.

Not every browser and OS combination is compatible. Please see the System Requirements tab on for more details.

Closed Captioning
Although the information provided above from Criterion states that films are closed captioned when available, the colleges have determined that currently the videos use subtitles not closed captioning. This has been discussed with Criterion, and they have said that they are planning on adding the true CC overlays, but there is no confirmed timeline for doing so. They went forward with subtitling because (a) they were told by their library focus group it was sufficient and (b) true CC is very expensive.

EZproxy Access
The vendor has provided stanza to assist with EZproxy configuration:

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Access Details: 
Unlimited Authorized Users, Unlimited Concurrent Access, IP Authentication, Remote Access
Content Types: 
Streaming Media, Video

Title Lists

Title Requests: 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:

MARC Records

MARC Records: 

New records are available and will be added here soon once OCLS has made the minimal edits mentioned below.

Note regarding all files: OCLS has made a minimal edit by adding a SIRSI 035 as another method for matching and control. Essentially, we have copied the 001 control number provided by Criterion but have removed the beginning prefix of ‘mfc’. The reason being the initial full file and their control numbers did not include this prefix and have identified that the number itself which is also present in the linking url path is the definitive control number and are using the 035 for this purpose. We have also added some missing 300 fields in the Complete file. These are the only edits made by OCLS in this circumstance. Each college will still have to edit and define their local access. The records otherwise meet current minimum standards.

Usage Stats


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. If you are not receiving the stats, please contact the vendor.