When you think about streaming platforms, what services come to mind? Netflix is sure to be on the list, as well as iTunes. Amazon Prime, Google Play, maybe even YouTube Movie Rentals, are a few more that are sure to be mentioned. But how about the US Library system? No? Well then, allow me to introduce you to an awesome platform named, Hoopla Digital!
They started out the year with only 13,000 titles and only a few hundred libraries were doing business with them. Hoopla now has an extensive catalog of over 350,000 titles from companies like Disney, DC Comics, Universal Music, and Starz. Over 800 library are offering with Hoopla content, which services over 1,000,000 registered users!
Those are some pretty awesome numbers, and the best part is that all you need to access this staggering amount of content is a library card! That's right, a library card opens the door to a world of movies, music, eBooks, comics, and more!
Does the fun and access stop there? Not at all! Hoopla has big plans for expanding their reach into educational institutions in the coming year. And they've already gotten the ball rolling, having struck a deal to bring their plethora of titles to California State University. This will include the Cal State San Bernadino and Palm Desert campuses, according to and article on UniversityBusiness.com.
Starting today, CSUSB students in San Bernardino and its Palm Desert Campus can use their Coyote ID to access the hoopla digital app or website to begin enjoying thousands of titles from major Hollywood studios, television producers, record companies and publishers. This content is available for students to borrow 24/7 for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets or desktop browser.
This is a platform that we are extremely excited about. With films like ours, Hoopla is a perfect fit. It puts us directly in front of our target demographic and offers them an easy way to check see our work. I think it's going to be a great avenue for us, and I can't wait to keep bringing them more content.
The 3.0 version of its user interface, which includes a faster signup process for new users, a recommendation engine, multi-tiered genre-based searching, and an algorithm designed to tailor recommendations for patrons based on usage history.
The recommendation engine is a new feature that aims to offer an experience comparable to commercial streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu, without compromising user privacy.