Look out Kerry and Rupert, the IT channel is now set to snatch its rightful space on TV, with the first shots being fired by PC assembler and Internet heavyweight TPG.

According to TPG marketing man Stephen Landstra, the burgeoning ISP will bundle its new Pay-TV service with its Internet package from `early next year'.

And TPG's Australian customer base of Internet users is reported to be in excess of 100,000, which is a target audience no media mogul would sneeze at.

Landstra claims that, with 80 locations, TPG has more points of presence than any other ISP in Australia and the free Pay-TV can be delivered via satellite to virtually anywhere its customers are.

It is understood the combined Pay-TV/Internet service will still be priced at $19.95 per month with unlimited hours in metropolitan areas and 20 hours for regionals, with no extra cost for receiving the TV channels.

`Subscribers will need to purchase or rent a satellite dish for their home to receive the digital signal and a set top box for their TV, which decodes the signal,' Landstra enthused, `and we'll be able to speed up the Internet download via satellite by a factor of six.'

And best of all, customers will be able to get onto the TPG-TV and Internet via their nearest TPG reseller.

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