In Rainbows – From the Basement was filmed in a day with sound by Nigel Godrich and video direction by David Barnard at The Hospital Club's TV Studio in London's Covent Garden for longtime Radiohead collaborator Godrich's podcast and television program From the Basement. The Radiohead performance was the beginning of the second series of this program.
In Rainbows - From the Basement premiered on Saturday, 3 May 2008 at 12am on VH1. Radiohead performed songs from their 2007 album In Rainbows and the older tracks Optimistic (from 2000's Kid A) and Myxomatosis, Where I End and You Begin and The Gloaming (2003's Hail To the Thief).
The performance that had aired on VH1 was made available through iTunes on 25 June 2008, to coincide with the band's series of outdoor concerts in the United Kingdom.
The iTunes version features live renditions of songs from In Rainbows and In Rainbows Disk 2, omitting tracks from the VH1 performance that weren't on In Rainbows. It's available as 10 separate videos ($0.99 or £ 0.89 per video) or in full for $7.99 or £ 6.99.