Library Video serves up a video-on-demand server with pre-loaded content from PBS, others

To spare school networks from the demands that video streaming over the internet requires, Library Video Co. has unveiled a new video-on-demand server, called SAFARI Montage, that comes pre-loaded with both full video programs and video segments from some of the leading educational video publishers in the world. The device is intended to reside in a school’s media center or computer room and can be expanded to accommodate more programming and, ultimately, self-created content, the company says.

All of the videos in the SAFARI Montage core packages are fully searchable by grade level or subject heading, and they are all segmented to allow educators and students to access just the clips they’d like to show to support their point. The K-8 Core Content Package, which was the only package available at press time, consists of 1,000 titles, including The American President, Ken Burn’s The Civil War, NOVA, and Frontline from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Magic School Bus from Scholastic Inc. A content package for grades 9-12 was expected to be announced soon.

Each SAFARI Montage box reportedly is capable of handling more than 2,500 hours of programming. SAFARI Montage boxes are priced at $2,495 for a single unit and come with one 400-gigabyte drive, plus three additional bays for expansion.

The K-8 Core Content Package, which comes pre-loaded on the device, must be licensed for an additional $1,000 per building, per year. More content can be licensed and added to SAFARI Montage either remotely through the internet, or shipped to the school on a reusable firewire drive or an additional hard drive.

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