OverDrive has announced that it will enhance its 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 is demonstrating its streaming technology at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting at Seattle's Washington State Convention Center.
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, the announcement states. Users will have 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.
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 OverDrive Media Console apps for all major computers and devices.
Streaming services are part of OverDrive's Next Generation platform, which includes completely reimagined library websites featuring One-Step Checkout, a powerful search engine, and the browser-based eBook reading technology OverDrive Read. OverDrive will demonstrate its Next Generation enhancements-which also include APIs that enable libraries to fully integrate digital and print catalogs, and the all-new Content Reserve collection development portal-throughout the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.
Source: OverDrive, overdrive.com