OverDrive, the eBook distribution platform that supports eBooks check outs at more than 22,000 libraries across the country has plans to add a feature to its app that will let you stream videos and audio files from your local library.
While libraries offer DVDs, CDs and audiobooks, they have not previously been able to lend digital editions of video and audio content. The new feature will let libraries distribute videos, audiobooks and music on any device with a web browser and an Internet connection. It is pending publisher approval, however, so the selection could end up being limited.
Here is more from OverDrive: “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.”