What is hoopla?
According to their marketing materials, hoopla digital is a “category-creating digital service” for North American public libraries. Specializing in providing access to streaming or downloadable audiovisual content like movies and music, hoopla brings libraries into the realm of Netflix and Amazon prime competition. In short, hoopla is a Netflix for Libraries.
How does the hoopla integration with Boopsie’s mobile apps for libraries work?
Boopsie’s library-branded mobile apps provide an app-to-app link to the hoopla digital app utilizing our App Finder service. So, if a library patron is using a mobile device that does not already have the hoopla app installed, Boopsie’s library branded mobile app will automatically notify the user, and then give them the option to download the hoopla digital app from the correct app store. If the app is already downloaded to the device, then the library app will automatically launch into the hoopla app.
It’s that easy to watch movies and listen to popular music, for free, from your local public library on your mobile device.
The hoopla Integration in Action
Currently hoopla is active in a handful of library apps, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, Denton Public Library and Darien Public Library.
The hoopla digital integration is found on the main menu in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library under “Movies and Music”.
If you have hoopla installed on your device, and you are accessing the app for the first time, you are prompted to sign in or sign up. If you have an existing hoopla account, just select sign-in and enter your credentials. If you don’t have a hoopla account, you can easily register for one in the app.
After the sign-in or registration portion is completed, you will be able to browse the hoopla catalog.
There are plenty of TV shows, movies, AudioBooks and music albums to choose from and from various categories. If you’re in the mood for a foreign film, an indie flick, or a popular drama, there’s a movie for you!
If you find an intriguing item, just select the image to access more information. You can see the length of the film, its rating, a plot summary, a cast and crew list as well as an option to rate the film. If you want to check out the item, select “Borrow” in the upper right corner of the app.
Want to learn more hoopla?
On June 4th, Bryan Murray from Boopsie will be hosting a free webinar with hoopla’s sales executive, Mike Riedeman. Register for the webinar today to learn more about hoopla and how the integration can help increase subscription usage. A recorded copy of the webinar can be seen here.
If you are an existing hoopla subscriber and are interested in adding the hoopla integration, please contact your Account Manager. Your patrons have been waiting for a Netflix for libraries!