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hoopla: The Best FREE Movie, TV, & Music Service You Never Heard Of


Do you like free movies, TV shows, music, audio books, ebooks, and more? hoopla has all of that and more for free, and it’s all part of your free library membership.

hoopla digital teams up with local libraries to offer free streaming for members of more than 1,600 public library systems across North America. Public libraries are a great resource for cord cutters—not only for free DVD rentals but now also for streaming.

So I wanted to take a bit to show you what you can get with a free membership to hoopla.

The following quick video shows you what hoopla has to offer:

hoopla has been busy adding new content. Recently it struck a deal with Viacom to add hundreds of popular TV shows from networks such as Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, MTV, Spike, VH1, TV Land, and CMT.

hoopla also has a large number of Disney movies, shows, and music to pick from. Many of these Disney shows and movies can be difficult to find on other services.

Now there are limits to the service. In my case I can only borrow 50 items a month. So I can watch 50 movies or watch 25 movies and borrow 25 music albums a month. You are going to want to ask your local library what limits they may have.

So how do you get access to hoopla? You need a library membership. If you want to stream the great library of content, contact your local library and find out if they offer Hoopla. Chances are they do have a free streaming service for members.

If you are a cord cutter make sure to take advantage of your local library. You are paying for it with your taxes so why not take advantage of the services?

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  • gigis83

    Hoopla saved me from buy audiobooks

  • Hoopla sounds great but it seems to only be available for members of ~18% of public libraries (or less if you use a broader definition of “public library”). However, it is certainly worth checking if your local library is on the list.

    Also Hoopla doesn’t have a Roku app and there isn’t a Fire TV/Android TV app either (though perhaps the regular Android app could be sideloaded).

    • It seems Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV apps are “coming soon”.
      https://www.midwesttape.com/hoopla

    • Jim Carter

      I got an error when clicking the link regarding browser incompatibility. That alone stopped me from pursuing this further.

  • Bill Eastman
  • Elizabeth

    Unfortunately it’s super expensive for libraries to offer this service. We have a well funded public library system, relatively speaking, but they said it wasn’t even on the radar because of cost.

  • TexMarque

    I have access to Hoopla. I’m not impressed. Most of the stuff is really dated, altho, there are no commercials.

    I do take advantage of my local library. I just picked up Endeavour Season 4, the latest. I’m now just waiting until the DVD of Orphan Black’s latest season arrives. They have many cable series almost as soon as they go on DVD. The library also has almost all the latest movies.