Multnomah Co. Library offers TV/movie download service

This week, the Multnomah County Library announced that it will now offer the MyLibraryDV service, which provides library patrons free, on-demand access to movies and television programs via computer download.

Of course, there are some disclaimers to go along with this new service. For one, it’s is only available to computers running Windows 2000 or Windows XP. The service is definitely not something to attempt if you’re on dial-up, and you’ll need to ensure you have enough space, at least 1GB, on your hard drive to store the programs downloaded. Any movies downloaded through the service will be deleted automatically after seven days.

Looking at the list of TV shows and movies currently available, it doesn’t make me want to clear off any of my music to make room for a temporary download. I think I’ll stick to borrowing DVDs from the library for now.

That said, maybe you’re interested in checking out a cooking program that you missed on PBS or want to watch Birth of a Nation without your neighbors knowing. Just be sure any library fines are paid and then you’ll be free to download!

2 Comments so far

  1. Pete Best (unregistered) on November 24th, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    “Hollywood Favorittes”?? You really wouldn’t expect that type of typo on a library site…

    Personally, I love the library and get books, cds and dvds all the time. And I’m glad that the library is exploring new options, but this lineup of available downloads is just deadly dull. Was this put together by 90 year olds?? Sadly, this is the kind of programming that will continue to make the library uninteresting to the general public.

  2. Mark Searcy (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 3:57 pm

    Exciting. I wonder how many other libraries across the US, or even the world, have started to offer this service? Even though this selection might not be the largest, it is, at least, a good start. It reminds me of when Netflix started adding movies to stream. Initially, the selection was limited, but free to watch as many as you wanted. As the selection grew, you were then only able to stream an alloted number of hours a month. How will libraries then meet the demand of higher bandwidth requirements when they are able to offer more and more titles that the general public would want to download?

    Thanks again for the post…which reminded to renew a few items in my “library queue.”

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