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Posted: 13th Feb, 2006 By: MarkJ
There's been a raft of news concerning various broadband TV services today (including BT's new content deal), yet individually none of them stand out as newsworthy. Instead we've done a short summary of all three below:

BT LINKS UP WITH ENDEMOL FOR NEXT-GENERATION TV
BT today announced a deal with leading TV production company Endemol to license programming and develop cutting-edge interactive content for its next-generation TV offering.

Endemol will work with BT to deliver its distinctive and high-quality programming and compelling interactive content, tailor-made for BT's next- generation TV service.


VISIT LONDON Launches 24 hour Broadband TV Channel
Visit London, the official visitor organisation for London has today launched its own 24 hour broadband channel on http://www.visitlondon.com, using Narrowstep Inc’s, Television Operating System (TelVOS™).

The new Narrowstep channel not only makes the contents of London TV available to 137 million broadband users around the world, but also instantly available on PC’s and Macs. The channel offers their visitors a unique efficient and simple way to access information using Narrowstep’s technology and services.


ITV's Broadband Basketball Broadcast
ITV Local, the new broadband TV channel for the South and South East of England powered by TelVOS™, Narrowsteps’ Television Operating System will be broadcasting a Pay-per-view basketball match with NBA star Dennis Rodman LIVE on Valentine’s Day.

The championship match at the Brighton Centre will be the first time that ITV local has offered live streaming of an event, and tickets will be available for £7.50 by going to http://www.itvlocal.tv. Numbers of viewers will be limited so early registration is advised.

In preparation for the broadcast, Narrowstep have created a new broadband channel within the ITV Local player. Viewers who have paid to watch the game between the Genesis Brighton Bears and the Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles will be able to log in prior to the game at 6.30pm on Tuesday 14 February.


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£7.50 just to watch a live Basketball game? Now don't get us wrong, we're all for the whole broadband content revolution and all that, but is the cost really matching its benefit?

Over the weekend we also had AOL UK with oddly time limited movie downloads, which would be fine if they were very recent and not films dating back several years that cost almost the same on DVD in the shops.

Last year I spent roughly £30 on the LOST Season 1 DVD box set, that’s 45mins * 24 episodes (I think) of good quality television. If we just ignore all the extras (subtitles, deleted scenes etc.) and simply divide £30 by 24 episodes then you get £1.25 (seems better value for money).
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