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Netflix is making a selection of documentaries free on YouTube

Teachers can assign documentaries to students without having to worry whether students have access to Netflix

Tech Desk April 18, 2020
At the behest of teachers, Netflix has made a selection of documentary features and series available on YouTube.

"For many years, Netflix has allowed teachers to screen documentaries in their classrooms. However, this isn’t possible with schools closed. So at their request, we have made a selection of our documentary features and series available on the Netflix US YouTube channel. "

Currently available only in English, each title also has educational resources available, which can be used by both students and teachers and Netflix and will be including Q&As with some of the creators behind these projects so further facilitate learning.

Netflix hope this will, in a small way, help teachers around the world.

Subtitles in more than a dozen languages will be available later this week. However, parents and teachers should check the ratings to make informed choices for students and children.

The list includes several of Netflix’s nature documentaries, including the critically acclaimed Our Planet and Babies.

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At present there are 10 documentaries available for free:

13th, Abstract, Babies, Chasing Coral, Explained, Knock Down the House, Our Planet, Period. End of a Sentence, The White Helmets, and Zion

Further educational resources for each documentary can be found on Netflix’s blog and are currently available in the English language, however the company is working on adding more subtitles in a dozen documentaries.


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