The library has gone live with the Indie Flix streaming movie service, which makes thousands of movies available from more than 50 countries, said Deborah Loiacono, director of Ida Rupp Public Library.
The service, aimed at serious film buffs, includes movies from film festivals such as Cannes, Sunday, Tribecca and SXSW. The site is easy to search and is organized into categories such as “Classics,” “Comedy,” “Cannes,” “Experimental” and even “Zombies.”
The stress on independent films provides a different selection of movies than people might encounter in other places, she said.
The service provides immediate streaming of movies. No one has to be put on hold to wait for a movie, Loiacono said.
Indie Flix movies can be streamed to any device using a Web browser, such as a computer, tablet or smart phone. It’s also available on Roku and Xbox.
Those who want to use the service will need a library card from Ida Rupp Public Library.
Anyone is welcome to obtain a library card, including film buffs who live in Sandusky, Loiacono said.
Libraries that belong to the same consortium generally don’t want patrons to get a card from the library in the same network.
The Sandusky Library, however, and the Port Clinton’s library belong to different networks. Sandusky is part of CLEVNET, which includes Huron, Norwalk and other area libraries, while Port Clinton is part of the SEO (Serving Every Ohioan) network.
Sandusky Library plans to launch a rival digital service, Hoopla, which offers streaming movies, TV shows and music. The Hoopla launch will occur soon, likely after the first of the year, said Julie Brooks, director of Sandusky Library.