OverDrive has announced that transactional pricing (what they call pay-per-checkout) will be available for hundreds of streaming video titles from Warner Brothers.
This is the first time that OverDrive has offered content using this pricing model. The deal with Warner Brothers was formally announced yesterday.
Other distributors of content to the public library market including Hoopla, Freading, and Freegal offer transactional pricing.
At this point the transactional pricing/pay-per-checkout model will be available only for the Warner Brothers video titles but we wouldn’t be surprised to see OverDrive offering it with other content/formats in the future.
The Warner Brothers video will be available to public and government library partners in the U.S. and Canada and should become available in the OverDrive Marketplace in the coming weeks.
Here’s a few of the titles that will be available for lending:
- I am Sam (Academy Award nomination for Best Actor: Sean Penn),
- Natural Born Killers (Starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis, Golden Globe nomination for Best Director: Oliver Stone)
- Insomnia (starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams, Directed by Christopher Nolan)
- Life as a House (SAG Awards nominations for Leading Actor: Kevin Kline; Supporting Actor: Hayden Christensen)
We will update this post when we learn more.