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Students in control with on-demand movies

By Kyle Hannafin
On February 26, 2013


The new Resident Select On-Demand movie program provides an opportunity for Marist students to stream movies online for free and at their own leisure. The new program is available now for all Marist students, both on-campus and off-campus, with a Marist account sign-on. The program can be found at The program is being provided by College Activities, with the support of the Student Programming Council.  
The inspiration of this idea came from student's dependence on the Internet, according to Director of Student Activities Bob Lynch. After a survey of the student body, College Activities searched for a solution to improve the entertainment options that they provide to the Marist student body. 
"Students will benefit from the independence it gives them," added Lynch, who is excited about the prospects of the program. 
"The new on-demand movie program is so much more desirable and easy to access than other online movie streaming websites like Netflix because it is free, so I love using it," said Rebecca D'Antuono, who is a sophomore employee of College Activities.
Students will have the freedom to stream featured movies and new releases on their own schedule and from the comfort of their own rooms. The noise created by the construction in front of the Student Center provides an inconvenience to those who live in Champagnat Hall and Marian Hall. To remedy this and block out the noise, the new Resident Select On-Demand program allows students to plug in their headphones to watch a new release or a classic film. The ability to start, stop, fast-forward, rewind and pause is available to users. This feature was not made available to students when watching the movie channels on Marist's TV network.
The movie library will be expanded by 10-12 movies every month. Presently, the library consists of over 20 titles, including feature films such as "The Dark Knight Rises," "Bridesmaids" and "Lawless." At this pace, the on-demand library will exceed over 50 movie titles by the end of the Spring 2013 semester. With that said, Lynch hopes the movie library that students can now take advantage of should not deter students from attending the weekly SPC movie events shown in the Performing Arts. 
The origins of the on-demand movie program date back to last year when the idea was debated by College Activities. Before being launched for the Spring 2013 semester, the program was tested with success by current students, which was an encouraging push for College Activities.  A survey about Marist's live television movie channels was conducted by College Activities, and the results showed that while students were aware of the channels' purpose and availability, they were not commonly used. The software for the online on-demand movie program was made available to Marist by Residence Life Cinema, a division of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.

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