Offering free viewing, sharing, and the ability to watch from any device you want, SnagFilms is an incredibly versatile streaming video platform. In addition, its hand-selected, quality content, and charitable initiatives make it a website worth investigating.
Overview of SnagFilms:
SnagFilms is a streaming video website
that consists of thousands of hand-picked non fiction and documentary
films. SnagFilms streams a wide variety of videos from documentaries produced by PBS and winners of Cannes film awards, to selected submissions by independent filmmakers. SnagFilms offers a very open viewing platform - it's free, compatible with many mobile devices, and you can easily share the films you like with family and friends.
Getting Started with SnagFilms:
All you have to do to watch the thousands of interesting films SnagFilms has to offer is start browsing. You don't have to sign up or log in, although you do have the option of connecting SnagFilms to your Facebook account. Doing so will enable the SnagFilms app through Facebook, which lets you 'like' the films you watch, and let your FaceBook friends see your SnagFilms activity.
Browsing the Collection:
Sometimes streaming video sites can be daunting with their large selections and overly specific categories, prompting you to spend more time browsing that watching. The good news is with SnagFilms browsing is relatively simple and user-friendly. All the films are organized into categories, which you can then sort by newest arrival, most number of views, or highest rating. You can narrow your search by choosing a specific topic, rating, or distinguishing 'documentary' or 'non fiction'. Perhaps the greatest browsing feature SnagFilms has to offer is being able to narrow your choices by running time. This gives you the opportunity to watch an awesome video even if you only have an half and hour to spare.
SnagFilms also has a selection of channels that feature different subjects from 'Travel' to 'Film Buff', and also feature films produced by certain production companies such as Lionsgate. The channels offer a livestreaming viewing experience, so you can start watching interesting videos without having a specific title in mind.
Similar to Netflix, SnagFilms allows you to build a queue of films you might want to watch in the future. To use this option, you'll need to sign in or register with Facebook, and enable the SnagFilms app.
The 'Snag' in SnagFilms means that you can grab any film you like and share it on any social media platform. You can create a virtual theater by embedding
a film in a blog or Facebook tab, mentioning it in your Twitter feed, or simply sharing the link with one of your friends. By using platform that let's you make live comments, you have the opportunity to create your own social, interactive viewing experience. Watch Snag anywhere with apps for the iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Blackberry and Android devices. Also, Snag can be hooked up to your television with the Internet TV device
One of the really inspiring features of SnagFilms is its Filmanthropy initiative. Filmanthropy is a SnagFilms project that links charitable organizations to select films featured on the website. This allows you direct access to charitable organizations and volunteer opportunities so that you can get involved with a cause that inspires you.
By navigating to the Filmanthropy tab, you'll find a list of causes to support such as 'Empower Women', 'Fight Poverty', and 'Examine Globalization'. Choose one of the options, and you'll be directed to a list of related films, several organizations and causes to get involved with, and a Facebook conversation that lets SnagFilm users share their initiatives and opinions with each other.
Filmanthropy is a great educational resource, as it can easily be used to raise awareness on a variety of topics in the classroom, and it's also a great resource for charitable organizations. Consider organizing a screening using a film from the Filmanthropy collection, and raise awareness about the cause by exploring the related links and social media feeds.