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BT's Next Generation IPTV Details

Posted: 26th Oct, 2005 By: MarkJ
BT has revealed further details about its forthcoming Internet TV service. Philips has been selected to supply the set-top-boxes (STB), which will include a personal video recorder (PVR) capable of storing up to 80 hours of programming:

The BT-Philips partnership builds on the recently announced alliance with Microsoft, which will provide Microsoft TV IPTV Edition as the software platform for BT’s TV over broadband service.

BT’s service will be a world first combining access to digital terrestrial channels, an extensive video on demand library, “catch-up” TV and a range of interactive services. The unique combination of these services will provide BT customers with choice, convenience and control over their home entertainment.

BT is planning to offer these services across the UK from late summer / autumn 2006. BT is the only company in the UK committed to providing such a nationwide service and trials will begin next spring / early summer.

BT’s next generation TV service will be available to BT customers without the need for a subscription fee. Services available at launch or shortly afterwards will include:

* Entertainment on demand – an extensive library of movies, TV and music all available instantly

* Catch-up TV – programmes from the previous seven days broadcast schedule will be available on demand without the need to record

* Flexible payment – no mandatory subscriptions. Pay-per-view options

* Personal Video Recorder – simple to use recording function capable of storing up to 80 hours of programming

* More than 30 digital terrestrial TV channels

* Communication services – instant messaging, chat and video telephony on TV

* Interactive services – online games, retail opportunities and community services


So far BT’s product appears to look like HomeChoice’s service, although it remains to be seen whether things will pan out that way. Certainly issues remain over how broadband cap’s, price, channel choice and so forth will impact the service.
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