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South Fayette Library streaming movies live via IndieFlix

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:04 p.m.

A new service is available to South Fayette Library users.

Members now have the ability to stream movies live through IndieFlix for Libraries.

The service, which is similar to Netflix and Hulu, only requires a library card for access. Users get to the service through a library's web site. It provides access to independent films, documentaries and shorts from around the world.

IndieFlix offers unlimited streaming from film festival hits such as Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca.

Library Director Rebecca Long said any device with internet capabilities will work. iPads, lap tops and tablets are a few suitable devices she mentioned.

The choice to give library patrons IndieFlix was based on costs, Long said.

“For the price, it seemed right to try it,” Long said. “We actually have the funds to try a new program.”

Reaching out was another part of her strategy.

“What other ways can we reach the township since we're so limited on our physical space,” Long said.

She's also confident the service will help the increasing amount of people on road. With streaming services like Netflix and Hulu taking a toll, she said that IndieFlix is a nice alternative.

Long is optimistic the service will catch on. Her positive attitude is fueled by the library's growing membership and society's increasing reliance on streaming services such as Netflix.

“We're a physically small building with a growing number of visitors,” Long said. “Some people are getting rid of cable packs and using Netflix and Hulu.”

David Paulk is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5804 or dpaulk@tribweb.com.

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