Libraries Offer VOD3 Mar, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel
The local library and Hollywood wouldn't appear to have much in common, let alone offering video-on-demand downloads of classic movies, independent films and network television.
But Recorded Books LLC, a publisher of audio books, has created My LibraryDV, a streaming service that allows users to access content directly to any broadband-enabled PC free of charge.
Web video access in the library isn't new. However, availability of recent feature-length Hollywood movies via a library Web site, is.
Prince Frederick, Md.-based Recorded Books said it has licensing deals for 500 VOD titles, including 400 on-demand movies from 1930 to 2005 from Sony Pictures Entertainment and Granada International Media, among others.
Sony titles include On Golden Pond, Black Hawk Down, Air Force One, As Good As It Gets, The Cable Guy and Men in Black. Classic films include The Blue Angel, with Marlene Dietrich; The Birth of a Nation; The General, with Buster Keaton; and McLintock!, with John Wayne, among others.
Registered users access My LibraryDV through a library homepage and can checkout up to 10 download programs over a seven-day period. Movies are automatically deleted from a user's play list at the end of the time period.
Content cannot be downloaded to an external drive.
Recorded Books claims to have streaming service in 400 libraries nationwide, including the New York Public Library and the Multnomah County Library in Oregon.