Movies, Music, and TV Resources

Premium Resources

Acorn TV

The Best in British TV and Film:  World-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond, including 80+ exclusive shows and a full slate of original programming. Access this RBdigital Streaming Video on Demand service through a browser or download the RBdigital app to your favorite device, sign in with your library card and PIN, then create an account.  A "checkout" from the homepage provides a 7-day pass to unlimited content, no monthly checkout limits. *

 

African American Music Reference

Contains comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression chronicling the rich history of this music through 1970.*

American Music

American Music is a history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more. *

Classical Music in Video

Classical Music in Video will grow to contain 1,000 hours of classical music performances, master classes and interviews with master teachers from around the world captured on video. *

Classical Music Library

Classical Music Library is the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.*

Classical Scores Library

Contains 400,000 pages of the most important classical scores and manuscripts, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 25,000 scores. Available for online viewing or to print.*

Contemporary World Music

Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database will contain important genres such as Reggae, Worldbeat, Neo-Traditional, World Fusion, Balkanic Jazz, African Film, Bollywood, Arab Swing and Jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian Classical, Fado, Flamenco, Klezmer, Zydeco, Gospel, Gagaku, and more.*

Freegal Music

Freegal Music provides access to over 9.5 million songs and 15,000 music videos from over 28,000 labels including the Sony Music catalog. A valid library card allows you to create your account and access up to 5 hours of streaming music per day and 5 MP3 song downloads per week.*

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. Entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world.*

hoopla

Hoopla provides streaming and downloadable movies, TV shows, music, e-books, e-audiobooks, and graphic novels. Use your library card to sign up and create an account, then edit account settings to add library name (Houston Public Library, library card number, and PIN before browsing or checking out. In response to COVID-19, the number of hoopla checkouts that Library customers are allowed per calendar month has temporarily been increased to 10. You can check out videos for 72 hours, music for 7 days, and e-books, e-audiobooks, graphic novels check out for 21 days.*

IndieFlix

Movies, Documentaries, Shorts, and TV: Award-winning comedies, documentaries, drama, animation, shorts, and classic TV.  Access this RBdigital Streaming Video on Demand service through a browser or download the RBdigital app to your favorite device, sign in with your library card and PIN, then create an account.  A checkout provides 7 days unlimited watching, no monthly checkout limits. *

International Encyclopedia of Dance (For Remote Users)

An online reference e-book covering the full spectrum of dance--theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.*

International Encyclopedia of Dance (In Library Version)

An online reference e-book covering the full spectrum of dance--theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.*

Jazz Music Library

The largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online -- with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums and genres.*

Kanopy

Streaming videos including critically-acclaimed movies, award-winning foreign films, inspiring documentaries, a host of educational resources and how-to videos ranging from language learning to haircutting basics. Kanopy Kids includes the Sesame Street catalog and animated versions of popular storybooks. Check out up to 8 films per month, with a play of The Great Courses and Kanopy Kids permitting unlimited use for 30 days. *

Music Online (Provided by Greenberg Endowment)

Music listeners can choose to stream American historical, classical, jazz, contemporary world, or global traditional music. Also available are streaming videos of opera performances. *

Opera in Video

Contains over 100 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.*

OverDrive

**Effective June 1, 2020, MyLink cardholders have a brand new OverDrive website. Temporary service downtime may occur while the transition is taking place. Your patience is appreciated. Please check back later if you have difficulty accessing your account.  Visit FAQs here.  **

**Beginning July 1, 2019, you will be required to enter your PIN when logging in to Axis360, ComicsPlus, hoopla, OverDrive and RBdigital.  For PIN assistance, please contact 832-393-1313 or your nearest neighborhood library.**

Download e-books, audiobooks, and videos.*

Pongalo NovelaClub

Spanish-language telenovelas and movies, including exclusives, action series, Hollywood movies, sports, documentaries, and content just for kids. Access this RBdigital Streaming Video on Demand service through a browser or download the RBdigital app to your favorite device, sign in with your library card and PIN, then create an account.  A checkout provides 7 days unlimited watching, no monthly checkout limits. *

Qello Concerts by Stingray

Full-Length Concerts and Music Documentaries: Over 1,500 full-length concerts and music documentaries spanning over 30 genres from the 1920s to today’s hottest artists. Access this RBdigital Streaming Video on Demand service through a browser or download the RBdigital app to your favorite device, sign in with your library card and PIN, then create an account.  A checkout provides 7 days unlimited watching, no monthly checkout limits. *

Smithsonian Global Sound

Archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.*

Recommended Websites

AllMusic

Reviews and information on music in all genres.

Library of Congress Digital Collections

The Digital Collections of the Library of Congress provide free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. Browse through collections in dozens of catagories or search for something specific.