NFB puts Canadian films online

Canadians miss out on some of the great online video options available south of the border (e.g. hulu. com, abc.com), but this week brought something to ease our frustration.

The National Film Board has posted 700 films on its website where they can be viewed in full, for free.

It’s a great move, considering the tremendous quality of the work and the modest exposure it tends to get.

Most are documentaries, and the NFB says it will be adding more films every week.

On launch day last Wednesday the website’s servers were overloaded, but things have reportedly settled down now.

The NFB is using the open-source Pyro video player API for Flash, from Turbulent Web Development in Montreal.