October 1, 2016

OverDrive Rolls Out “Netflix-like” Streaming Video Pilot for Libraries and Schools


OverDrive streaming video offerings on LAPL’s site.

OverDrive announced a new streaming video lending service now available at the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) and rolling out at more pilot libraries this month. Over time, the service will be available to all libraries and schools that use OverDrive products.

Using the “Netflix-like” service, borrowers will be able to watch videos and movies on any tablet, computer, or device with an Internet connection, according to an OverDrive statement. Streaming content can be sent to any device via email, QR code, or text message if the user is browsing on the Overdrive Media Station, a shared library kiosk. If using their own computers, smartphones, or tablets, users can instantly borrow and watch on their device without having to email, text, or snap a code.

Patrons also have the option of browsing and sampling videos on the OverDrive Media Station, where all OverDrive digital content can  be viewed. The videos will be hosted on the same platform the company supplies for ebook, audio, and music titles.

“OverDrive’s Streaming Video service allows us to expand the library’s e-media offerings while dramatically improving convenience and our users’ experience,” said LAPL city librarian John F. Szabo in the release. “For the user, it couldn’t be easier. There are no apps to install, no software to download—they can just click on a title and instantly enjoy it!”

Offerings at LAPL currently range from how-to videos to Hollywood features. According to the statement, the company’s “chief strategy officer Lee Milstein, general counsel Erica Lazzaro and team have been busy in California talking with major motion picture studios, and big announcements are coming soon.” Thousands of additional titles in all genres will be added on a continual basis.

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  1. deg farrelly says:

    Desperately needed for the higher education market. But I imagine, like Hoopla this will be a pay-per-view model and limited to k-12 and Public libraries.