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How to Stream Kanopy on Android TV

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Kanopy is a popular video streaming platform that offers documentaries, movies, and kid’s programs. It was founded by Olivia Humphrey in the year 2008. You can discover titles by the cast, filmmakers using the search bar. There are sections for kids such as Story Time, Beloved Characters, Animals, and more. You can even browse the Independent film, Classic Cinema, and Oscar Winners & Nominees section. Kanopy partnered with public libraries and universities to stream content ad-free on Android TV and other devices.


Kanopy is a free streaming service supported by public libraries and universities. You can stream thousands of movies, inspirational documentaries, and award-winning foreign films using the app. If you have a valid library card from any one of the 4000 libraries that partnered with Kanopy, you will get a free login for the streaming service.

Kanopy access wtih library card

Kanopy on Android TV

Kanopy can be accessed only if you have a valid Kanopy account or library card. You can easily create a new Kanopy account if you don’t have one. Kanopy is available on the Google Play Store, so you can download it for free.

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Supported Android TVs

  • Sony Smart TV
  • TCL Smart TV
  • Sharp Smart TV
  • Panasonic Smart TV
  • Skyworth Smart TV
  • Philips Smart TV
  • Mi Smart TV
  • Hisense Smart TV

Supported Android TV Box

  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • Mi Box 4K
  • AirTV

How to Install Kanopy on Android TV

Kanopy app is free to download and use on many devices, including Android TV. Make sure the device runs on Android version 4.5 or above.

#1. Switch on your Android TV and connect it to the Internet.

#2. Go to the Google Play store and type Kanopy in the search bar.

#3. From the search suggestions, tap on the Kanopy app.

Kanopy icon on Google Play store

#4. Click on the Install option.

#5. Open the Kanopy app on your Android TV.

#6. Navigate to the Settings and choose Link My Account.

#7. You will get an activation code. Visit the Kanopy activation website: kanopy.com/link.

#8. Log in with your Kanopy account.

#9. Finally, enter the code shown on the TV screen.

#10. Now, you can browse your favorite shows of Kanopy.

How to Cast Kanopy on Android TV

#1. Connect your smartphone and Android TV to the same WiFi network.

#2. Download Kanopy from the Google Play Store.

#3. Open the Kanopy app and sign in with your username and password.

#4. Tap the Cast icon from the Kanopy app.

Click Cast icon on Kanopy app

#5. From the available casting devices, select your Android TV.

#6. Now, you will see Kanopy’s content on your TV screen.

Play movies with Kanopy on Android TV

How to Sideload Kanopy on Android TV

Even though Kanopy is officially available on the Android TV Play Store, you can also sideload the apk version with the Downloader app.

#1. First of all, install Downloader on Android TV from the Play Store.

#2. Now, you need to enable unknown sources setting for Downloader to sideload third-party apps.

Settings > Device Preferences > Apps from Unknown Sources > Security and Restrictions > Downloader

#3. Launch the Downloader app and go through the on-screen prompts.

Kanopy on Android TV

#4. Enter the URL for Kanopy Android TV apk.

#5. Click on GO to download the apk file.

#6. Run the downloaded file and install it on your Android TV.

#7. Open the installed app and stream the Kanopy content you want.

Other Supported Devices

  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Roku
  • Telstra TV
  • Chromecast

Related: How to Get History on Android TV.


1) What is the Android TV requirement to access Kanopy?

Kanopy can be installed on your device if it runs with Android tvOS 4.5 or later.

2) Can I watch Kanopy on my Sony TV?

Yes. You can watch Kanopy on Sony Smart TV as it runs on Android TV OS.

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