Digital media vendor OverDrive, Inc. has announced that Magnolia Pictures, HDNet, Weston Woods, Nano Network, Music Sales Group, Naxos, Hart Sharp Video, Davenport Films, Mill Creek Entertainment, Magic Lamp Productions, Associated Television International, MPS Multimedia, Sounds True, Tai Seng Entertainment, and Venevision International have entered into distribution agreements with OverDrive to download film and video titles through public library websites.
Magnolia Pictures specializes in films including Academy Award nominated documentaries, and HDNet broadcasts sports, entertainment, and news in high definition. Both companies are owned by Marc Cuban. To use the OverDrive service, a patron browses the library website or catalog, enters their library card, and checks out and downloads movies and TV shows in Windows Media Video format (.WMV). At the end of the lending period, the video title expires and checks itself back into the library catalog. Patrons can view the library videos on PCs, notebooks, and portable media players that support copy protected .WMV.