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New York City's Public Libraries to End Film Streaming Through Kanopy

Tuesday June 25, 2019. 04:00 PM , from Slashdot
Public library cardholders in New York City will no longer have access to tens of thousands of movies through Kanopy as of July 1, when the New York, Brooklyn and Queens public libraries end their partnerships with the streaming service because of the cost, the libraries said Monday. From a report: The San Francisco-based platform, which notified library cardholders by email on Monday, offers well-known feature films, like 'Lady Bird' and 'Moonlight,' as well as classic movies, documentaries and foreign-language films not always available on other services. In a statement, the New York Public Library said, 'We believe the cost of Kanopy makes it unsustainable,' adding that it would use its resources to purchase 'more in-demand collections such as books and e-books.' The Brooklyn and Queens libraries also cited what they said were Kanopy's rising costs in dropping the service. About 25,000 people with New York Public Library cards -- about 1 percent of the library's 2 million cardholders -- used the service in the past year. The New York library -- with branches in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island -- and the Brooklyn Public Library first offered Kanopy in August 2017, and the Queens Library followed several months later.

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