MSU brings back MavFlix streaming service for students to enjoy

This semester, Minnesota State University, Mankato is bringing back the MavFlix program, an exclusive online streaming experience for MSU students, staff and faculty, both on and off campus that is facilitated by the Student Events Team. 

“We will be offering students the ability to watch four newly released movies you can’t see anywhere else, anywhere and anytime,” said Bill Tourville, Assistant Director of Student Events Team.

MavFlix is a completely free program, simply requiring a StarID and password to access. To access the MavFlix movies students need to simply visit StomperCinema.com and sign on. After starting a movie, students will have 24 hours to finish it. There will always be three to four movies available, running Monday through Sunday and cycling out every week. 

“There might be a couple of hold overs if we see some movies that are getting a lot of watches,” mentioned Tourville. “This is just a really exciting thing that students can do whenever they want and particularly right now with rising COVID cases. It’s a nice way to stay close knit and not have to get together in large groups for movie showings.”

Despite this new streaming service, Stomper Cinema will still be hosting in-person movie screenings in Ostrander Auditorium. These screenings will be available based upon the availability of some of the highly anticipated movies, as opposed to every week like they were previously. The movies played in the auditorium will then hopefully be put on the MavFlix platform a week or two after they are shown in person as well.

“I used it last year to watch The King of Staten Island. It was a great way to watch a new movie with friends without going out,” said MNSU junior John Shea. “I appreciate Student Events Team adapting to the ever-changing COVID environment.”

The MavFlix program will be running weekly until spring break, at which point the Student Events Team will be assessing the use of the streaming service and deciding whether or not to continue it. 

“We had pretty good responses when we streamed movies for the week last semester, but it was always only one title, and we found that that’s just not enough to make this a maintainable thing,” commented Tourville.

As the semester goes on and more movies come out, the Student Events Team is hoping to access more popular titles for the streaming site.

This week, MavFlix is streaming “RESPECT”, “No Time To Die”, “Addam’s Family 2” and “Halloween Kills”. MavFlix is available to watch anywhere, anytime, on any device.

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