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South Yorkshire Digital Region ISP Reveals TV and 80Mbps Broadband Services

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 (6:23 pm) - Score 784

The almost endlessly troubled Digital Region project in South Yorkshire (UK) has gained a slight boost today after one of its newest consumer broadband ISPs, LittleBigOne, announced the launch of their first “independent network TV” (IPTV – Internet Protocol TV) service.

The new service comes in three flavours, Little TV, Big TV and Big TV+, which are bundled alongside the operators broadband and phone services. Little TV offers all the following channels within the basic subscription package of £32 per month (£75 setup): BBC TV and Radio, ITV, C4, E4, C5, Dave, Viva, Film 4, CNN (50+ channels). This also includes up to 40Mbps broadband and unlimited anytime landline calls.

Meanwhile Big TV costs £39 per month and adds a wider range of MTV channels, Bloomberg, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, VH1, and Motors TV (70+ channels in all). This package is also available with a PVR record option (Big TV+) that pushes the price up to £45.

Apparently these options also bring together local information for the region, which allows customers to access details of local transport with real time travel information along with local news and weather from their TV. Customers can also access YouTube via their TV system from launch, although most internet TV’s can do that already.

Littlebigone.com MD, Theresa Robbins, said:

There’s great potential for all sorts of local content to be added – we could stream local council meetings for example, showcase community radio and support local events – there really is huge scope with the technology at our fingter tips but first we need to get people used to the idea of subscribing to TV services in a new way.

South Yorkshire has suffered from poor broadband speeds for years, now one of the country’s most advanced regions for digital networks, we’re really excited be able to use these to bring people TV of the future. IPTV is an entirely new (for the UK at least) way to watch TV, it will be mainstream in a few years but it’s great to be able to bring something innovation to South Yorkshire and see the region leading the way.”

It’s difficult to be blown away by the choice of channels above, especially since most are already available via Freeview, although LittleBigOne does promise to add Sky Sports and Sky Movies to their future packages. The ISP also mentions that its FTTC (non-BT) service speeds will be upgraded ‘up to’ 80Mbps in “lateApril 2012, which is likely intended to combat BT’s competing rise on their similar platform.

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6 Responses
  1. As this article suggests we have Sky Sports and Movies coming soon, but the current channel list is just the start. We have a lot more planned for the coming year.

    As Mark also mentions, our network TV is all IPTV based, this is not a Freeview plus some over the top content, it’s all 100% IP based.

    We’ll be sure to keep you updated with enhancements as they are announced.

    Thanks
    littlebigone.com

  2. Avatar Telecom Engineer

    Sounds very interesting, what bandwidths are being used for SD / HD streams and how are they allocated in the whole? For example are the streams 5meg each out of your 40mb? or are they 40mb for broadband and then a 5mb channel ontop?
    Does the service allow multiple streams – i.e. multiroom?
    Sounds like a very exciting product.

  3. Avatar Sheffield Owl

    I can’t see many Sky tv users wanting to give up their favourite Sky channels to get what really is Freeview with one or two more channels thrown in.
    Also not many HD channels,and to pay another £6 for a recordable set top box is a bit much.

  4. Hi Sheffield Owl,

    Thanks for your comments on our TV system. We currently have around 20 channels, mainly in our big TV pack, which are not on Freeview. We also have Sky Sports and Sky Movies channels coming soon.

    We believe that a package offering superfast broadband (up to 40Mb), unlimited calls, premium TV all in a new network TV technology (100% IPTV based) for £39 (£45 for the + version) is pretty good value. That said, we will be intrucing more channels in the near future.

    Thanks for your interest
    littlebigone.com

  5. Avatar Somerset

    They say:

    network TV requires your connection to be a minimum of 15Mb download for Standard Definition TV and 25Mb download for High Definition TV.

  6. Hi Somerset,

    We set these threasholds to guarantee quality of service and still allow for other activities on the connection.

    The vast majority of customers connect over these speeds on our network, so these threasholds aren’t actually a barrier, just something we must point out to our potential customers.

    Thanks
    littlebigone.com

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