NBC selects Pando Networks for video downloads


NBC Universal announced Pando has been selected to provide video delivery services for the new NBC Direct service. NBC Direct will offer free hi-res  downloads of programs across the NBC primetime line up.

Integration of the Pando intelligent content delivery engine is being finalized during the current beta period for NBC Direct. Enhanced versions of the service will be available to consumers in Q1 of this year.

Pando’s managed p2p solution will manage the delivery of NBC content and ensure protection of copyrighted material using hash matching, digital fingerprinting and content watermarking technologies.

NBC Direct allows consumers to directly download full length episodes for viewing on Windows based PCs. Viewers are also able to select their favorite NBC shows that they’d like automatically delivered to their computers as soon as they are available.

Programs currently available include "30 Rock", "The Office", "Heroes", "My Name Is Earl", "Medium", "American Gladiators", "Celebrity Apprentice", "Friday Night Lights", "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."