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OverDrive Announces Streaming Video and Audio Services


[1]Earlier this week, OverDrive [2] announced that it will enhance its industry-leading library service platform with streaming video and audio technology. The new services will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music collections at libraries and schools around the world. OverDrive will demonstrate its streaming technology this weekend (Jan. 25- 28) at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting [3] at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1115.

Scheduled for launch later this year, OverDrive’s streaming services are secure and will extend the reach of libraries’ digital collections thanks to virtually unlimited device compatibility. Users will enjoy quick and easy access to their library’s catalog of OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music on any device with a Web browser and an Internet connection. The streaming technology will dramatically enhance discovery and access to libraries’ existing collections of WMV and WMA titles, pending publisher approval.

“Streaming video and audio technology is a key extension of our Next Generation platform,” said Karen Estrovich, OverDrive’s collection development manager. “With our browser-based e-book reading technology OverDrive Read, users simply ‘See Book—Read Book.’ Now, streaming technology will similarly empower library users to ‘See Video—Watch Video’ or ‘See Audiobook—Listen to Audiobook.”

OverDrive’s streaming services won’t require users to download apps or activate a device. This instant-access technology enables users to check out a video, audiobook or music title and immediately start watching or listening in any Web browser. The streaming option will complement the download options already in use via the popular OverDrive Media Console apps for all major computers and devices.

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#1 Comment By Frank Lowney On January 26, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

So libraries will pay Overdrive (an intermediary who pays rights holders or their representatives) for the right to stream audio and video to patrons for free. Is that the plan? How will libraries pay? Per download or subscription?

#2 Comment By Marilynn Byerly On January 26, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

Frank, for ebooks, Overdrive hosts ebooks that the library has bought so I imagine audiobooks and other media will be the same deal.

I hope this will work better than the current audiobook offerings my library gets from Overdrive which stinks big time if you use a Mac.