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Dakota County libraries add streaming video service

The county library system has added the online streaming service Hoopla, which offers a selection of films, TV shows, audiobooks, e-books and digital comic books. A soft launch on Monday opened the more than 400,000-item collection up to anyone with a Dakota County library card. – Emma Nelson, Star Tribune

‘Spotify for Libraries’: Public Libraries Edge Toward Music Streaming Services

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The service is called Freegal, and in August the Watsonville Public Library opened an account. As long as the branch pays an annual fee, patrons can stream thousands of artists from nearly 30,000 labels, many under Sony Music Entertainment’s large umbrella. Cardholders can log in from anywhere — they don’t need to be inside the library — and they’re allowed up to three hours of streaming per day and three free downloads per week. […] Freegal isn’t the only company of its kind. Hoopla, offered by San Francisco Public Library, San Jose Public Library and several others throughout the Bay Area, serves 816 libraries across North America. Its pricing structure differs from Freegal’s — libraries only pay for content that patrons borrow, with fees ranging $.99 to $2 a pop for albums, eBooks and DVDs. – Rachel Dovey, KQED Arts

Marin County Free Library to offer streaming service

Patrons at the Marin County Free Library now have a new option for checking out audio books, movies, music and television shows: streaming service, library officials said Thursday. Deputy Director Scott Bauer said the library joined up with the streaming service Hoopla, […] Patrons with an internet-connected computer or mobile device can sign up for Hoopla and either download titles or watch them on their computers, phones or tablets, Baeur said. – Bay City News,ABC7 News
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Maricopa County Libraries to offer digital streaming

Starting Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Maricopa County Library District will offer cardholders free online and mobile access to streaming content through its partnership with the digital service Hoopla. More than 600,000 library users in the Phoenix area will be able to watch movies and listen to music and audiobooks on demand through their smartphones, tablets, personal computers and Apple TVs. […] The Hoopla Digital model replaces the libraries’ current “one copy, one user” model, which often meant long wait times to check out a particular title. The new service means no waiting for someone to return “West Side Story” before you can check it out. – Kylie Gad,azcentral

Hoopla, streaming media service, coming to libraries

Borrowing digital music, movies, TV shows and audio books from local public libraries is about to get easier. Starting Monday, the St. Joseph County Public Library and the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library will launch access for their cardholders to “ hoopla,” a streaming media service that allows patrons to borrow music, films and other digital items via smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. […] Hoopla provides access to more than 138,000 full music albums, more than 4,000 films, 700 TV series and nearly 12,000 audiobooks. E-books are expected to be added by the end of this year. – Margaret Fosmoe,South Bend Tribune  

Public libraries in Chicago, suburbs offering online streaming

The service is called hoopla and it’s available through a mobile app or web browser at the Chicago Public Library and 23 suburban libraries. It first came online last year and is now in 300 libraries nationwide, […] Hoopla officials say they charge a fee each time an item is used, from 99 cents to $2.99. The library pays the fee, so it’s free to a cardholder — just enter an identification number on the library web site to access a catalog of books, movies, music and audio books. The company plans to add e-books at a later date. – Bob McCoppin, Chicago Tribune http://ift.tt/1nHjKB4