WVML first in Canada to lend Video Tablets with streaming video service

West Vancouver, B.C. – West Vancouver Memorial Library cardholders can now borrow Video Tablets preloaded with some of the most popular online streaming services available today, including Netflix and shomi, plus a selection of downloaded videos that do not require an internet connection.

“We’re excited about offering Video Tablets to our community. They will provide access to original programming that is only released through streaming video services and extend the breadth of our film and TV collections,” says Director of Library Services Jenny Benedict. “Plus they give people the opportunity to try out this increasingly popular media format that may well make the DVD extinct.”   

Online video now accounts for over half of all mobile internet traffic and is projected to account for 75 per cent of global internet traffic by 2020, according to a report by Cisco.

The library has four Video Tablets to lend.  Each Video Tablet will come with a protective cover, a charger, a basic operation manual, and be available for a two-week borrowing period.

The following streaming video products can be viewed on the Video Tablets without a personal subscription:

Netflix

InstantFlix

shomi_

Internet Movie Archives

Crackle

CBC Documentaries

National Film Board – Canadian documentaries, fiction and animated films

YouTube

Qello – concerts in every music genre

 

 

 

In 2010, the West Vancouver Memorial Library was the first in Canada to launch a Kindle borrowing program with ebooks. The program attracted international attention and now e-reader lending programs are common in public libraries across the nation.

One Video Tablet with all of the streaming products will be kept at the library until October 1 for photo-ops and demos.

Stay tuned to see Video Tablets flying off our shelves.

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Media Contact
David Carson, Communications Coordinator
604.925.7407
dcarson@westvanlibrary.ca

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