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BBC Plans TV-On-Demand Broadband
By: MarkJ - 11 December, 2003 (9:19 AM)

The BBC has revealed plans to help increase the use of broadband Internet access by including such things as downloadable TV-on-demand content:

'Whilst the numbers of broadband users was pretty low we didn't consider it an effective use of public funds but the tipping point, with exponential growth rates, came this year and it has made us really focus on broadband,' he said. 'We are looking at working with industry and through the government review of bbc.co.uk to see what role we could play.'

The corporation has a package of plans it hopes to develop by next summer. It has the broadband rights for the 2004 Olympic games and is developing an 'Interactive Media Player' to allow users to download TV programmes up to a week after they were broadcast.

'If we can put all this together, with enough marketing behind it, we can really help drive Broadband Britain,' said Highfield.

It's unclear how they'd go about delivering such content, although enabling digital terrestrial STB's (you’d need one like the Pace box with a hard disk) with a broadband interface (flexible ISP choice - we'd hope) would be a strong start. More @ VNUNet.

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