MSN Video Downloads Launches Today

MSN – Video Downloads: Home So what looks like a quiet launch for a video on demand product, Microsoft’s MSN Video Download apparently is going live today.

The service allows you to download video content from places like MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Sports, HGTV, The Food Network, Fine Living and DIY. Although you may not be watching Desperate Housewives or the Sopranos any time soon, it’s an interesting first attempt foray into the world of video on demand for Microsoft.

Although I have not seen it announced yet I would imagine that you would see this in Media Center’s Online Spotlight shortly if it’s not already there today.

At present you need WMP 10 to watch the videos. It looks like they want to charge you $19.99 per year for the service but that they have a free Basic Membership option with a more limited selection of downloadable programs so that you can try before you buy.

Very interesting. I wonder if/when we will see HD content, how long the downloads take, etc.

Thanks, Michael!