Help & Common questions

About Cineasterna

Cineasterna is a streaming service for Swedish and Finish libraries equivalent to other streaming services found on the market today. The main difference is that the site is only open for libraries and library card-holders and our service is free of charge for all users. With Cineasterna and a valid library card, patrons can instantly stream movies via by using a computer, tablet or mobile device.

How do I find movies on Cineasterna?

Cineasterna uses a variety of methods to help you find movies. You can find movies through Search, Selected titles, All titles (A-Ö), or by browsing through categories. You can also search with filters (Genre, Year, Rating and Language).

How do I borrow a movie?

Use a computer, tablet och mobile device and your webbrowser (we recommend Google Chrome). We always recommend using the latest version of any browser to ensure you have the best possible user experience. Chose your library at Then pick a film and enter your library card number (or your personal identity number) and PIN and then press the play-button.

To make each loan easier for you as a user you may create a user account. This is how it's done: Start with picking a film you wish to see then submit your library card number and PIN. Now you will be asked if you wish to create a profile. Fill out the form and press "save". Now you're logged in to Cineasterna and won't be asked to fill out your loan card number on each loan occasion. Your browser will save this information for a period and you won't be required to log in for each occasion. If you don't use the service for a while, then you should press "Log in" and use your username and password that you chose. You will not be able to login using your library card number and pin code. It is not required to register as a user, this is only offered as a service to make it easier for returning users.

If you are a user at the Filminstitutets bibliotek, log in with your social security number (ÅÅMMDDXXXX) and PIN.

Can I use Cineasterna on my mobile device or tablet?

Yes, we support iOS, and Android mobile devices, tablet and computers.

Why do I need to enter a PIN?

Your library require a PIN when using Cineasterna. When you received your library card, you were asked to enter a PIN, which is the one you should enter when you borrow films from our service. If you are unsure what your PIN is, please contact your library.

How many films may I borrow

Your local library decides this. Eventual limitations are set to ensure that the budget covers as many users as possible.

When you make a loan in our service, you will see how many remaining loans you have left. If you have borrowed your quota of movies, there will also be a date when you can make a loan next time. Each film is available for 48 hours (2 days) after you have completed the loan. During this time you may watch it as many times as you like.

Are there any fees involved?

No, Cineasterna is a free service to library patrons, provided by your public library.

Do all libraries have the same movies?

The majority have our entire range of films, some public libraries has made their own selection of films though. This means that the supply can differ between different libraries. The selection and which movies are available are determined by your local public library.

Does Cineasternas content ever change?

Absolutely, the content is updated with about 5-10 new films on a weekly basis. Sometimes titles will be added for a limited time, so if you find movies that you like, check it out!

What is required too use Cineasterna?

Your local library must subscribe to our service Cineasterna (ask your local library if you are uncertain). You will need a valid library card and a PIN, once you have that you may watch films via your computer, tablet or phone.

What can I do if my library does not offer Cineasterna?

If your local library is missing on the list, we recommend contacting the staff at the library. You should express interest at your local library branch. As a library user, you can influence the supply.

It is also possible to obtain a library card at another library that offers Cineasterna. It's totally free. Read more about how to get a library card from the library's website.

Can I use your service without a library card?

No, at present, the service is only available at public libraries. You need to have an active library card at any of the public libraries that have chosen to offer our service. Visit one of the public libraries offering the Cineaster and get a library card, it's completely free and you can have a library card on more than one library.

Are there ads while I enjoy content on Cineasterna?

There are no commercials or ads while enjoying movies on Cineasterna.

Can I mark a title to view later?

When you are logged in, you may favorite a title by clicking the blue heart icon. To view favorites, click on the "Your profile"-option under your account at the top of any page.

Will the system remember where I stopped watching my latest film?

Yes, you will be able to resume watching just where you left off. Playback will start at the same marker assuming you're using the same device and browser. For the resuming function to work, you must have watched more than 10 seconds.

Can I see what movies I've borrowed?

Yes, under "Your Profile", you will see your previously borrowed movies (requires that you have previously created a profile). Movies that are active loans, ie within 48 hours, are marked with a gold frame around the film cover.

Do you have movies with support for synthesizing?

Yes, we have several films with support for syntax interpretation, clear language and speech synthesis, such as the movies 120 strokes in minute, Gordon, and Paddy, Border, Clan, Lady M, Lasse Maja's Detective agency, Life, Animated, Life after you, Loving Vincent, Modern Times, Boys, Småstad, Superswede, Svenskävel, The Death of Stalin, The Dressmaker, Every time I see you, reunion etc.

Can I favorite movies?

Yes, click on the heart-symbol "Mark as Favorite" displayed on the cover page or on the title page (requires you to login). Your favorite movies are now saved under "Your profile".

Using Cineasterna on your TV

Apple TV: We currently support Airplay, click here for instructions on using Airplay from your device. Lightning Digital AV Adapter: We support the official Lightning Digital AV Adapter from Apple. Chromecast: To see a film through Chromecast you are required to use Google Chrome browser. This browser is available free at Click the Cast button, which becomes available after you have chosen a film, logged in with your library card number and PIN. Chromecast is currently only available for Android units and computers using Google Chrome.

An iOS Chromecast App is available in Appstore, search for "Cineasterna Chromecast App". Smart TV: Cineasterna is mainly developed for Computers, tablet and mobile devices, not for Smart TV. We recommend that you test and see if Cineasterna works on your Smart TV.

How do I watch Cineasterna on my smart TV?

If you have a Smart TV (such as Samsung) it may not be possible to log in or play movies from the built-in internet browser. At the moment, we do not support Chromecast devices that some TVs have built-in.

Are there subtitles available?

The majority of films have Swedish subtitles available. Some films also have English, Norwegian, Danish and Finish subtitles as options. The films distributors control available languages. Unfortunately it is not possible to change the size of the subtitles.

How do I turn subtitles on or off?

In normal cases, the Swedish subtitle automatically starts when you play a movie. If the subtitle, presumably, does not appear immediately upon playback, you can enable it by clicking on the "Subtitle" icon located at the bottom right corner of the player.

Click on the desired language menu for subtitles. If you can not find the symbol, we recommend that you choose to play the movie in fullscreen mode, then you will be able to see the subtitle icon in the right-hand corner.

How long can I watch the film?

Each film is available for 48 hours after you have completed the loan. During this time you may watch it as many times as you like.

How does Cineasterna handle my privacy?

Your privacy is very important to us, no one can see what movies you have borrowed but you. Your borrowing history and account information is private. All data is encrypted. For more information, please visit our privacy policy.

Where can I follow Cineasterna on social media?

Cineasterna can be found on Twitter (, Instagram ( and Facebook ( Connect with us on these channels to be in the loop on content additions.

I want to find titles in a specific language.

Cineasterna has a large collection of foreign language movies (over 50 different languages). You can easyly filter your serach by language, simply click on the language-symbol and select the desired language.

Can I download content for offline viewing?

Currently, there is no option to download movies for offline viewing.

Do I need to return a movie I have borrowed?

The movie will be returned automatically after 48 hours.

What is Kids Mode?

Cineasterna Kids Mode is very simple to activate. Once you are logged into your account, just go into your settings in the upper right. Then click/tap on "Yes" to activate Kids Mode, then click/tap "Save", and you're all set.

Who is behind the Cineasterna service?

Cineasterna is a service of FörlagEtt AB, a trusted partner of public libraries for over 30 years. FörlagEtt AB, based in Stockholm, is a media supplier to the swedish public libraries

Why can I not log in?

If you can not borrow movies via Cineasterna, even though you have entered the correct credentials, you will need to contact your local public library and they will assist you.

Need additional support?

If you can’t find help for your specific need among the Help & Common Questions here, then you can email us at [email protected]. Please include your library name, A Description of your issue or request. We will respont to you as soon as possible.

Can I request a movie?

Yes, we are happy to receive film requests, [email protected].