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 1,500 English titles
  • More than 1,100 French titles
  • Approximately 135 foreign language films with English subtitles
  • More than 100 documentary features
  • Closed captioning for the majority of films
  • MARC records
  • Access via IP authentication 
  • 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.

Access to Fox Titles

Fox titles are not licensed for remote access. See proxy server details in the Platform area of the page below.

Fox titles appear in platform search results whether you're on or off-site. Also whether you're on or off-site, on the brief record view there's a warning message: "Access to this feature film is ONLY AVAILABLE on site at your subscribing institution (for example, college and/or university campus, elementary and/or secondary school, etc.).

If offsite, Restriction message will appear after clicking 'Play.' The video will not load and instead displays: "You do not have permission to access this content from your present location. Access to this feature film is not available for your current location and is ONLY AVAILABLE on site at your subscribing institution (for example, college and/or university campus, elementary and/or secondary school, etc.)."


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. 

Closed Captioning

Closed captioning is not available, but subtitles are available on most films when provided by the producer on the source files.

EZproxy Access

The vendor has provided stanza to assist with EZproxy configuration:

Option DomainCookieOnly
T Criterion
Option Cookie

On-Campus IP Forward Stanza: 

Because Fox titles are only available on campus, this can cause problems for colleges where they require all users to authenticate (whether on or off campus). In these cases, the college will need to use the on-campus IP forward stanza. 

Option X-Forwarded-For
Option DomainCookieOnly
T Criterion
Option Cookie
Option NoX-Forwarded-For

Regardless of stanza version and user location, you should form your access URL in the usual way i.e. by adding your proxy server prefix to the vendor's access URL.

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:

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.

MARC Records

MARC Records: 

New Title Records

Deleted Title Records

Complete Records

Note regarding all files: OCLS has made minimal edits are follows:

  • added a SIRSI 035 as another method for matching and control, by copying the 001 control number provided by Criterion but removing 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.
  • added some missing 300 fields in the Complete file.
  • ensured all records have two 007s: one for video and one for electronic resource and have ensured they are in the correct order as per minimum requirements (video first, electronic resource second) for upload to the CUC. This will ensure that the appropriate icon and format is given to the resource.
  • converted a small number of records from UTF-8 to MARC-8 to ensure consistency of encoding.

These are the only edits made by OCLS. 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. Vendor contact information can be found in the Vendors directory.