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Plex partners with movie studio to offer ‘package’ of free streaming films

Later this year, Plex users will gain access to a “package of library feature film titles from Warner Bros.” via the Plex app for free. The films will be supported with ads, but the partnership is the latest example of Plex’s evolving role in the media industry. Furthermore, all Plex users will have access to the films – not just Plex Pass subscribers. – Chance Miller, 9to5Mac.com » https://ift.tt/2MI6ynG

‘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

I hate iTunes. And I think Apple does, too

iTunes went from being a svelte piece of software to an octopus of an application—and with that, an array of problems began popping up. iTunes 7, for instance, saw 18 updates in less than 12 months. Likewise, iTunes 10 (with Ping!) had 19 updates in a year. iTunes 11, meanwhile, needed 17 patches in its 11 month life. On the bright side, things are looking better for iTunes 12—with only three releases since its rollout in October […], it’s fair to ask if iTunes is any better. All this history sidesteps the injection of the App Store into iTunes. With the launch of iOS 2, iPhone owners needed somewhere to download their various digital goodies from, and someone in Cupertino thought it would be a great idea to make iTunes that place. – John Patrick Pullen, Quartz

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

Va. Beach library system offers video streaming

The Virginia Beach public library system has a new addition to its digital collection: streaming video. Patrons can access more than 530 TV shows, movies and documentaries through the “Downloadables” section of the city library’s site, using library-issued personal identification and library card numbers. But as of now, the streaming service OverDrive allows only one person to watch a video at a time, like a book on a shelf. – Jillian Beck,The Virginian-Pilot

US: Film streaming site creates “Netflix for Lesbians”

A new website, Section II, has created “Netflix for Lesbians” in an attempt to reach an untouched market of lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer women. […] Section II‘s name comes from the section of the Motion Picture Production Code, which outlawed lesbian characters on screen until 1968. With about 100 films currently available on the site for streaming and download, Section II has the largest collection of LBTQ films in the world. – Pinknews.co.uk
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