There's a new way to get movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks for free on the Internet. And no, it's not piracy -- it's through public libraries.
Hoopla Digital, a Netflix-like service for library card holders, on Wednesday announced agreements with NBCUniversal, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., National Geographic and BBC America to stream content. Launched this year, Hoopla lets library patrons access its entertainment material through a mobile app or Web browser.
Jeff Jankowski, Hoopla's founder and owner, said the service can help make libraries more convenient for people who are too busy to make the trip to a physical location and more attractive to younger patrons who want to be able to access movies and music whenever and wherever they want.
"It allows people to discover new content without having to wait in line and without having to reserve months ahead of time," Jankowski said. "We think this is a really cool tool for libraries and library card holders."