Recorded Books Introduces Revolutionary Unlimited Streaming Video for Libraries

For the first time in the industry, libraries have an affordable way to offer patrons unlimited access to a wide array of streaming video services via the RBdigital app

Landover, MD, March 14, 2018—Recorded Books, an RBmedia company, today announced streaming video on the RBdigital™ app—with unlimited usage for seven days for patrons through an innovative new pricing model for libraries.

Now more than ever, consumers are demanding unlimited video streaming. According to a 2017 Deloitte survey, over 70% of US consumers binge-watch TV shows, and 49% of Americans now subscribe to paid streaming video services. With the new Recorded Books streaming video service, library patrons can watch videos the same way they do with subscription streaming services such as Netflix—without breaking library budgets.

“We’re proud to be the first to make this industry-changing approach to streaming video available to libraries,” says Tom MacIsaac, Chief Executive Officer of RBmedia. “Our unlimited license model is revolutionizing the way patrons consume video in the library market. With our enhanced RBdigital app, accessing streaming video along with other content has never been easier or more convenient.”

Innovative Model

Other streaming video offerings for libraries charge a patron for each and every video that is accessed. With RBdigital, patrons can watch as many videos as they like in a seven day period while the library only pays for a single checkout. The Recorded Books model can save libraries over 75% compared to the competition—costing as little as pennies per view.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers popular streaming video content. We are eager to test out this innovative pricing model from Recorded Books,” says Logan, Director of Products and Technology, Anythink Libraries, one of the largest library districts in Colorado.

Unlimited streaming video services available or coming soon from Recorded Books include:

  • Acorn TV—The best in British TV and film, including 80+ exclusive shows, Acorn TV originals, and fan favorites
  • IndieFlix — Award-winning comedies, documentaries, drama, animation, shorts, and classic TV
  • Qello Concerts—The world’s largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries
  • BroadwayHD—Live and recorded Broadway shows and musicals, including both classics and newly produced exclusive theater content
  • Pongalo—The largest collection of Spanish-language telenovelas and over 13,000 hours of Hollywood movies
  • Learn It Live—Thousands of live and on-demand classes representing over 100 topics with a focus on health, wellness, and personal development

In the coming months, RBdigital will continue to add more popular streaming content services.

The new streaming video service is available via the enhanced RBdigital app (also announced today), which provides the broadest array of content services in the industry. Now library patrons can access more than 10 content services from a single app.

About Recorded Books

Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of audiobooks in the world, with a catalog of more than 30,000 exclusive titles narrated by award-winning actors. In addition to offering the highest-quality audiobooks, Recorded Books also delivers eBooks, magazines, comics, a range of streaming video services, educational offerings, and more. The company’s RBdigital app delivers the library industry’s broadest array of digital services to millions of consumers. Recorded Books is an RBmedia company. Learn more at www.recordedbooks.com.

About RBmedia

RBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology that reaches millions of consumers—at home, in the car, and wherever their mobile devices take them. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and delivers the finest digital content—including audiobooks, streaming video, educational courses, entertainment titles, and much more. Headquartered in Landover, Maryland, RBmedia comprises an ever-expanding group of the best brands in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. Find out more at www.rbmediaglobal.com.

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