Streaming Apps: Why Can’t Paid For or Premium Videos Be Used in ScreenCloud?

by Santino

This article will provide a brief overview of restrictions on using paid or premium content from streaming services with ScreenCloud’s digital signage platform, such as:

Please note, ScreenCloud is considered an external site and provider from streaming apps. ScreenCloud uses an API from streaming service providers to display media to your digital screens. These restrictions are at the discretion of media providers and copyright laws.


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Why is paid or premium content restricted for third-party apps?

Are there any alternatives for displaying media content?


Why is paid or premium content restricted for third-party apps?



If you’ve purchased or rented content from a streaming provider (i.e. movies, tv-series, etc) this content is restricted behind a paywall and login credentials for your account to access the service. For instance, if you’ve purchased a movie to watch on YouTube, then you can only watch the video by logging into your YouTube account. Please note, even though you’ve purchased the content, it’s not intended for marketing, distribution, or commercial purposes and only for personal viewing per the discretion of general copyright laws to protect creators and owners of media content.


This is typically enforced by what is known as the “DMCA” (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) meant to protect the intellectual property of others and protect the use of copyrighted material. To learn more about copyright laws and regulations for streaming apps available to use with ScreenCloud, please refer to the following resources below:


Are there any alternatives for displaying paid media content?

At this time, as ScreenCloud is non-affiliated and considered third-party to streaming services, we can advise to only use the streaming apps available as intended which are for public use. For example, this means using content that is publicly available and has no restrictions set by the creator, account owner, video owner, or has any copyright restrictions which would disable it from being used in third-party platforms.


If you have any additional questions on using streaming apps with ScreenCloud, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.


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