PVN Movie Channels: Academic Support Films

Each semester, PVN works with many professors, classes, and student groups to present a more complete educational experience that extends past the classroom. If you are a University professor or course instructor, or Penn student group or department, use films and programs on the PVN Movie Channels to supplement your curriculum, syllabus, or special event. PVN offers this service free of charge to University departments, instructors, and all SAC-recognized student groups.

See this semester's Academic Support Movies.


Scheduling timeline

Titles for the PVN Movie Channels (channels 11 and 22) are reserved for one calendar month. You do not have to coordinate your curriculum around this schedule; simply request to reserve the film title for more than one calendar month.

Titles are reserved approximately four to six weeks prior to the air month. For example, January's titles are reserved around November 15.

If you want your movie to air You need to reserve by
September 1-30 July 31
October 1-31 August 31
November 1-30 September 15
December 1-31 October 15
January 1-31 November 30
February 1-28 (29) December 20
March 1-31 January 20
April 1-30 February 18
May 1-31 March 20
June 1-30 April 25
July 1-31 May 25
August 1-30 June 20


Reserving titles

We schedule each month's films according to the curriculum information you provide us in the online form.

For scheduling purposes, we request the following information:

1. Your name (or instructor's name). (required)
2. Course Name and Department. (required)
3. List of suggested titles. (required)
4. Month you want each title to run. (required)
5. Air-by date for your film. We will do our best to schedule your film to air before your specified air-by date.
6. Additional notes for PVN.

All films are put into the standard rotation of 8-16 movies per week, per channel. Please be aware that Channel 11 and Channel 22 are running separate schedules, and, due to licensing, your requested title will air on only one of those channels.


A note about streaming

Many of the films aired on the PVN Movie Channels are also available for web streaming via the Resident Select service. Depending on the title you request, it may or may not be available using Resident Select. For questions, please contact us at video@isc.upenn.edu.


Legal notice

Films shown on the PVN Movie Channels must meet federal guidelines for closed-circuit television and cable systems; we may not be able to obtain the rebroadcast rights for all your requests. Please consider backup titles for each movie in case we are unable to reserve your first choice. If you have questions about the service, please email us at video@isc.upenn.edu.

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