You should be able to download the files without [too much of a] problem. The files are Windows Media files and are definitely downloadable. In later episodes, I was able to make more than the high quality format available, but these should still not be
prohibitively large for your mp3 player of choice.
For me (using IE8), I can download the file by clicking on the 'down arrow' under the thumbnail image, right-clicking on the 'Screencast' option, and then select 'Save Target As...' from the context menu.
This is a long time after your post (and you likely got your answer - I hope ), but the code for the screencasts are posted along with the videos on the PluralSight site. For this screencast, the sample code can be found
By 'syndicated like the episodes' - I assume you mean why don't they have the video attached to the RSS feed. That primarily comes down to the way Channel9 treats videos classified as 'screencasts'. When we select 'screencast' as the video type, it sets
it up so that when you click on the 'video' on the left, it opens it up in your video player of choice as opposed to opening it up embeded in the webpage. Some of the early feedback we received was that folks didn't realize you could click on 'Downloads' and
select WMV from there, and were frustrated with having to read code in the embedded player. So we kept them with a 'screencast' classifications.
The downsides are: no embeddable player by default (which would be great for blogging) and the video links aren't attached to the feeds. I believe the accepted assumption is that most people use screencasts when needed, as opposed to subscribing to them like
a typical 'show'.
That being said, I'll follow up with the Channel9 folks to get a more complete answer. Would there be a preference for video feeds for the screencast videos (and having them show up in the same format/player as the podcasts) over the current posting format?