Australia's first pay TV via internet includes international channels in its offer.

Posted: 13 Apr 2010

"Australian IPTV service FetchTV is set to launch the country’s first pay TV service delivered over the Internet, next month. Fetch TV, unrelated to the U.K. service of the same name, but backed by Malaysia’s Astro All Asia Networks, will include all free-to-air digital channels, international pay TV channels, new-release pay-per-view movies in high definition, interactive and social networking applications, and an advanced personal video recorder. Fetch is wholesaling its service to local Internet service providers with the company confirming Tuesday that the third-ranked ISP in the country, iiNet, is the first to sign up to deliver the FetchTV service to its 520,000 broadband customers. iiNet will run a commercial trial of the service next month with a full launch to follow ‘shortly thereafter.' The FetchTV set-top box will include a PVR, tuners that will give access to all the Freeview digital terrestrial channels, and channels and content from Discovery Networks, National Geographic, MTV Networks, Fox International Channels, E! Entertainment Television, BBC World News, CNBC, ABC, Roadshow Entertainment, Disney Media Distribution, MGM, and Lionsgate." Pip Bulbeck, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 April 2010.
     "We're not talking about watching television on your computer here, we're talking about Foxtel-style pay TV but delivered to a set top box via the internet - the kind of service that should explode once the NBN [National Broadband Network] takes off." Adam Turner, Gadgets on the Go, The Age (Melbourne), 13 April 2010. See also ipTV News, 12 April 2010.

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