Streaming Movies Through the Library
March 25, 2014
Did you know you can stream movies online through the Library? MCPL has two different movie-streaming services: IndieFlix and Freegal Movies and TV.
IndieFlix, if you can’t tell from the title, has a wide selection of independent films--shorts, features, and documentaries. I love watching IndieFlix. At first, I was a little hesitant to try it out, not being very familiar with independent films. But once I started, I found out how amazing independent films can be. I watch mostly short films, and I typically watch IndieFlix on my iPhone. The selection of films on IndieFlix is great; they have the films split into channels so you can watch what you want--animation, celebrity films, comedy, just for kids, sci-fi, zombies, and many more.
Some of my IndieFlix favorites are (The following links are to previews. You'll need to log in to see the entire film.)--The Saga of Biorn (a fantasy following a Viking searching for Valhalla), The Legacy (a Superman-esque story of a boy who thinks his dad may be a superhero), The Man at the Counter (which follows a boy who works at a coffee shop and an older customer who comes every day to get sugar packets; with Tom Everett Scott – Note: if you are not a robot, you'll at least tear up at this film), Heartless (a Tin Man origin story - I liked it better than Wicked), and Sometimes the Moon Is Velvet (an original, poetic fairy tale).
MCPL’s newest streaming movie service is Freegal Movies and TV, from the same company as Freegal Music. Like Freegal Music, you are limited to streaming up to three movies or TV shows per week. Freegal Movies includes a wide variety of film categories--action, comedy, concert videos (including Beyonce, Adele, AC/DC, the Beatles, One Direction, Whitney Houston, and many more), fantasy, horror, science fiction, TV shows, and more. Freegal Movies also has an app to make it easier to stream on your Android or iOS device.
Freegal Movies and TV adds new content regularly (at least monthly). The movie selection ranges from movies for kids and families, such as Charlotte’s Web (Dakota Fanning), Star Dust (Claire Danes), Big Top Pee Wee, and Rugrats in Paris, to films for teens and adults like Major League (Charlie Sheen), Charlotte Gray (Cate Blanchett), To Catch a Thief (Cary Grant), and The Italian Job (Michael Caine).