Warner Bros. feature films now live as Streaming Video for U.S. and Canadian libraries
OverDrive also introduces new cost-per-circ model
CLEVELAND—December 8, 2014—OverDrive, the leading digital media provider to libraries and schools announced today that streaming video titles from Warner Bros. Digital Distribution are now available for library lending. Library partners in the OverDrive network in the U.S. and Canada can now offer their communities hundreds of Warner Bros. popular and award-winning movies in addition to the OverDrive digital video catalog of more than 13,000 quality, in-demand streaming videos. The streaming video titles are available to patrons at the same library website as eBooks and audiobooks, streamlining the user experience and maximizing the value of the library collection.
Streaming Video titles now available from Warner Bros. include I Am Sam (Academy Award nomination for Sean Penn), Insomnia (Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank), Almost Heroes (Chris Farley, Matthew Perry), Death to Smoochy (Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Danny Devito), and Natural Born Killers (Woody Harrelson, Golden Globe nomination for director by Oliver Stone, and written by Quentin Tarantino).
“Libraries and their patrons have requested award-winning feature films from the major Hollywood studios and we’re extremely gratified to make this a reality,” said Karen Estrovich, Director of Collection Development at OverDrive. “We’ve consistently found new ways to bring new customers to the library, and streaming video delivers – libraries that have added streaming video have experienced increases in circulation and new users.”
The Warner Bros. Digital Distribution streaming videos are available under a transactional, cost-per circ access model. This model enables simultaneous use and allows libraries to budget based on checkouts, which is a form of patron-driven acquisition. OverDrive library partners can browse or search for currently available titles in OverDrive Marketplace, and curate their collection to match the unique interests of their communities. As with other content and access models from OverDrive, libraries will set user lending policies for streaming videos to manage costs within their material budgets.
Library patrons across the U.S. and Canada will be able to use PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets or nearly any connected device to borrow streaming videos from their library. To find a library and to search the OverDrive catalog, readers can visit www.overdrive.com.
OverDrive is the leading global digital distribution platform, supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, music and streaming video to 30,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. We support all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™, and Kindle® (U.S. only). OverDrive offers all digital media on a single platform, and offers APIs to streamline a seamless user experience. OverDrive Read, the breakthrough EPUB and HTML5 browser-based reading experience, now supports fixed layout and narrated eBooks. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA. www.overdrive.com
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