The Digital Streaming License (DSL) is available to academic library customers, allowing them to provide their users with streaming access to titles purchased from the VDB collection. The DSL is an addendum to the Video Data Bank Library Purchase - Educational License, and allows VDB titles to be shared on a secure institutional network with a password-protected connection.

VDB will provide academic libraries with high-quality digital files when they purchase the DSL as an addition to any single title DVD or single artist compilation acquisition. Furthermore, the DSL can be purchased for any single title or single artist compilation acquired in the past, opening up new delivery options for VDB materials already acquired for a library collection. DSL digital files will provide academic libraries with high-quality video, allowing us to better assist in the development of institutional digital libraries, and increasing access for students and faculty users.

The VDB offers one and five-year licenses. We provide high-quality compressed digital files with original frame rate and aspect ratio, delivered via WeTransfer, Dropbox, or File Transfer Protocol (FTP). 


Educational Streaming License
(with DVD purchase)
1 year   5 years
Single title under 30 minutes $75   $225
Single title over 30 minutes $100   $300
Single artist compilation Variable   Variable


The ordering process differs from a regular online DVD purchase:

  • Enter the titles to be licensed. For each title, indicate if your institution already owns the DVD or if the DVD will be purchased with this order.
  • A VDB staff member will contact you with an invoice, contract and instructions for retrieving the video files. 

Please feel free to contact VDB staff at if you have any questions. We will respond quickly to all inquires, and look forward to working with you.

Length of License