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Ambrose Video Streaming Now Available to MCLS Member Libraries

MCLS is now offering Ambrose Video Streaming subscriptions for our member libraries. See below for product information from Ambrose. For discounted pricing or other information, please contact MCLS staff at

Introducing Ambrose Video Streaming

Stream the BBC Shakespeare Plays, James Burke’s Connections, the latest production from the BBC, Diarmaid McCullough’s A History of Christianity; choose from our 2010 and 2011 series, including Miracle of the Human Body, featuring medical imaging, realistic 3-D animation and cadaver specimens, Railroads in U.S. History 1830-2101, A History of Equal Rights in America, A History of Civil Rights in America, and The First Amendment in the 21st Century hosted by David L. Hudson, Jr., a scholar at the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.

• HIGH DEFINITION: It’s our starting point. We constantly hear that we have the best video stream available. It’s because we produce 90% of what we release in any given year. We recognized early on the importance of producing in HD. Controlled quality you can count on.

• DYNAMIC BIT RATE SWITCHING: No decisions for your users to make. Our system detects the screen size, the type of device and the bandwidth available whenever your user clicks on a title to stream. They are offered the best possible stream under the circumstance. Our HD stream is superior to DVD quality.

• MOBILE DEVICE AVAILABILITY: Our streams can be accessed by any mobile device, whether Apple, PC or Android, at no extra cost.

• CLOSED CAPTIONING: Available on 100% of our streaming collection. The ability to watch the dramatic portrayal while reading the closed captions allows an understanding of Shakespeare never before realized.

• MARC RECORDS: Cataloged to college specs, access your stream directly from our MARC records. MARC records available from www.marc4media at an underwritten cost of $2.00 per program.

• OPTIONAL HTML BACKLINK: Institution Access tab or HTML code can be supplied to link to somewhere of an institution’s choosing.

• TECH SUPPORT: Available through IRIS Education, an arm of Seattle Community College TV.

• CONCEPT CLIPS: Produced as stand-alone clips, each clip and program has a permalink for easy access by your professors for use in all on line and distance education systems.

• CHOICE: Files available for download or just stream from our server. License as little as a concept clip or our whole catalog. License for as little as a year or in perpetuity.

• USAGE STATISTICS: Available in pie chart or detailed in spread sheet. Check Monthly Sessions, Bandwidth Usage, Top Video Series, and Top Video Titles.

• DOWNLOADABLES: Extensive metadata support available at website.