Cuban Rolls HDPC


High-definition TV owners who missed the July 26 launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery can download a 20-minute clip for viewing on a PC, HDNet said Thursday, as the company expands the platform for its high-def content.

The shuttle launch is the first (and so far, only) clip available on the BetaFeed site (, but HDNet, already available through various cable and satellite operators, plans to launch more high-def video downloads through that and other outlets.

The BetaFeed announcement follows the news last week that movie-downloading service CinemaNow will offer HDNet’s programming alongside its existing catalog of standard-definition fare.

BetaFeed is a collaboration between the Mark Cuban-founded network, online storage site, and peer-to-peer (P2P) technology company Red Swoosh.

BetaFeed taps RSS technology--"really simple syndication" information feeds created by sites like MyYahoo! or MyMSN (or in standalone RSS browsers) to alert viewers to the latest HDNet clips.

The 1080i-resolution clips, in the Windows Media Video HD format, can then be downloaded to a computer using Red Swoosh's P2P plug-in for Internet Explorer.