CinemaNow Offers Content From HDNet28 Jul, 2005 By: Holly J. Wagner
CinemaNow has announced an agreement with Mark Cuban's 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 via an online broadband service.
"As the demand for more high-definition content continues to grow, CinemaNow has quickly established itself as the leader in `HDVOD'," said Bruce Eisen, president of CinemaNow. "HDNet represents one of the strongest brands in high definition, and we are thrilled to add their high-quality productions to our HD lineup."
Cuban and his partner, Todd Wagner, recently announced plans to offer at least six future films simultaneously in their Landmark movie theaters, on HDNet and on DVD, but so far they have not found a DVD distributor and theatrical exhibitors the pair don't own have railed against the idea of a "super-release." There has been no word on whether that content will ultimately find its way to CinemaNow.
Among the content being made available are over 100 episodes from HDNet's original programs, including "Across America," "Get Out!" and several HDNet specials. As part of the agreement, users of CinemaNow 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.
"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 line up of news, sports, music and entertainment programming," said 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."