CinemaNow To Offer HDNet Content

CinemaNow, a leading broadband video-on-demand service, announced last week an agreement with HDNet to make several titles from HDNet's original high-definition library available on a download-to-own basis via the CinemaNow Web site. This marks the first time that HDNet has made its library of high-definition programming available on demand from an online broadband service.

"HDNet features more original high-definition content than any other network, and we are always looking for innovative new media outlets to distribute our exciting lineup of news, sports, music, and entertainment programming," says Mark Cuban, co-founder and president of HDNet. "As the leader in digital video distribution online, CinemaNow understands the value of high-definition content and allows us to reach an even greater audience for our original series."

According to Bruce Eisen, president of CinemaNow, "As the demand for more high-definition content continues to grow, CinemaNow has quickly established itself as the leader in 'HDVOD.' HDNet represents one of the strongest brands in high-definition, and we are thrilled to add their high-quality productions to our HD lineup."

Among the content being made available on CinemaNow are over 100 episodes from HDNet's extensive library of original series, including Across America, Get Out!, and several HDNet specials. As part of the agreement, CinemaNow users will be able to download permanent copies of HDNet's programming for unlimited playback on the device they download it to. The high-definition versions will be available in Windows Media Video HD.

The HDNet content will be added to CinemaNow's current HD lineup, which includes several IMAX titles from MacGillivray Freeman Films and Live at the Apollo, a concert video featuring Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama.