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OverDrive Intros Streaming Video Service for Schools

Schools and libraries will soon be able to stream video to computers and mobile devices, at no charge.

OverDrive, a provider of digital books, audiobooks, music and video, has rolled out a pilot program of its new streaming video service at the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL). The service allows users to borrow videos from the library for viewing on any Web-connected device. The company plan to offer the program to its full network of partner schools and libraries.

Library users can access video two ways, either from their library's e-media platform or through OverDrive Media Station, touchscreen e-book kiosks located in the library. With OverDrive Media Station, users can search for and sample video titles then send it to their device – e-mail, QR code, or SMS -- for checkout. As with other services from the company, titles can be borrowed for a specific length of time, after which they expire from the user's device.

The company plans to roll out pilots with additional libraries this month. A full list of available video titles can be viewed at OverDrive's site.

About the Author

Kanoe Namahoe is online editor for 1105 Media's Education Group. She can be reached at knamahoe@1105media.com.

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