Now at your library: Streaming movies, music
“Public libraries do not have the budgets to compete with Amazon, Comcast, and Netflix and will not be able to pay a premium for online content,” Blankenship said, adding that DVDs will continue to be the best way to offer popular movies. Updating and maintaining that physical collection takes time and money. It also means libraries have to pay for the media upfront, while Hoopla allows them to pay per time a title is borrowed. Those costs depend on the type of media and its release date, and range from 99 cents to $2.99. Seattle libraries have allocated $10,000 a month limit so far for Hoopla items and patrons are limited to 20 checkouts a month, Blankenship said. That limit may change, depending on demand and how usage grows. Hoopla’s launch won’t affect the stocking of physical DVDs at library branches for the time being, Blankenship said. For Seattle resident and library patron Jamie Koepnick-Herrera, Hoopla has joined her other streaming services such as Netflix, which she uses for movies, and Hulu, which she uses to watch current seasons of television shows. On Hoopla, she found the yoga videos she was looking for. “I think it provides a great free source of entertainment for families who can’t afford to get a movie for family night or for teenagers to have access to that album they can’t afford,” Koepnick-Herrera said. Hoopla’s movie and television collection is impressive in its numbers: About 3,000 titles.
At the Movies: Genre pictures have no borders
While its got its share of surprises, Drug War follows the cop picture formula closely enough to connect with those who like that kind of film, and its bracing, tightly choreographed shootouts are every bit as good, if grittier than their big studio counterparts. In most cases, American audiences are loath to go to subtitled movies. But, over the years, exceptions have been made for martial arts pictures and action movies. Drug War fits perfectly into the last genre — and its the best such import since 2002s Infernal Affairs, the Hong Kong picture that inspired Martin Scorseses The Departed. Oscar contenders coming to Lincoln If youre among those who like to see all the Oscar nominees on the big screen (always a good idea), you need to head to theaters over the next three weeks as two pictures likely to get nominations open in Lincoln Friday. Sandra Bullock, who took home a best actress Academy Award for her work in The Blind Side, is getting rave reviews for her performance as an astronaut floating in space and fearing death in Gravity. Shes almost a sure thing for a nomination. Director Alfonso Cuaron has been Oscar-nominated three times — for writing and editing. He could easily get a fourth or fifth nominations for writing and directing Gravity and the films impressive 3-D and cinematography could get Academy consideration as well. Enough Said, which begins a three-week run at the Ross Media Arts Center Friday, is building Oscar momentum for its stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and, especially, the late James Gandolfini. The romantic comedy about a pair of middle-aged divorcees is a sure bet to get a Golden Globe nomination in its comedy category. With 10 films now tabbed for best picture consideration, both Gravity and Enough Said could make that cut as well. ‘Nebraska’ looking like an awards hit Nebraska, the film about a father and son journey from Montana to Nebraska to cash a lottery ticket, with some scenes shot in Lincoln, looks like it will be another critical and awards hit for director Alexander Payne. Star Bruce Dern is a lock for a best actor nomination, Will Forte could get a best supporting actor nod and the film is a best picture possibility as well. It will open on Nov. 22.
Movies opening Friday, Oct. 4
From director Alfonso Cuaron . Rated PG-13. The Institute What does it say about people who go to a skyscraper in San Francisco at the bidding of eerie signs? This documentary explores the game/experiment – or new art form or cultish activity – tied to the so-called Jejune Institute . What the event involved was taking a key, following instructions and, basically, letting go. Not rated. Linsanity For a couple of weeks in 2012, Jeremy Lin creates such a stir on the basketball court that the frenzy is dubbed Linsanity. The Harvard-educated ex-Warrior and Palo Alto High grad, after moving in and out of the minors, nabs a spot in the Knicks ‘ starting lineup. He proceeds to prove himself a pro and achieve his dream. This is his story. Rated PG. Parkland We all know the tragedy of Nov. 22, 1963, but this film explores the assassination of John F. Kennedy through an unusual prism – the ordinary people thrust into a horrible duty in Dallas.
11, 2013: Jamie Koepnick-Herrera holds her daughter Paloma, 1 1/2, as they browse for a video to watch on the Seattle Public Library’s Hoopla streaming media website.AP Photo/Ted S. Warren Sept. 11, 2013: Kirk Blankenship, Electronic Resources Librarian for Seattle Public Libraries, poses for a photo in the DVD shelving area of the library as he holds a tablet with the website for streaming-media company Hoopla, which the library is using to offer patrons free access to streaming movies, music, and audiobooks.AP Photo/Ted S. Warren Next Slide Previous Slide SEATTLE There’s a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it’s not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It’s something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Often thought of as stodgy brick-and-mortar havens for bibliophiles, libraries are trying out a new service that allows patrons to check out streaming movies, music, TV shows and audiobooks from anywhere they want. It works similarly to Netflix: Through an app on a tablet or a browser on a personal computer, users can peruse dozens of movies and click on a film to “borrow” it. The content starts streaming, for free. While libraries are already loaning e-books, the move to streaming is part of a larger shift for them to remain relevant in a digital world where more people are using tablets and smartphones. ‘I expect libraries to stop needing DVDs, but not today, Hoopla or not.’ – Kirk Blankenship, Electronic Resources Librarian for Seattle Public Libraries Libraries are “meeting patrons where they want to access content,” said Kirk Blankenship, Electronic Resources Librarian for Seattle Public Libraries, which is using the service called Hoopla. The service, from Ohio-based Midwest Tape, LLC, is also being used in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Topeka, Kan., and several others towns and cities nationwide. Hoopla launched in full in May with 20 library systems. As of early September, there are about 220,000 people using the app, said Michael Manon, Hoopla’s brand manager.