iiNet's IPTV plans steam ahead with Fetch

iiNet's IPTV plans steam ahead with Fetch

Television-over-Internet service to be trialled next month

iiNet has partnered with Fetch TV to help ramp up its IPTV initiative.

It will allow customers to stream free-to-air digital television channels through a broadband connection.

iiNet plans to spend the next month trialling the product before offering it to customers. The project had been in the works for months and was slated for a March release.

When launched, it will be the first time Fetch TV touches an Australian audience.

Along with free-to-air television, users can access a number of subscription channels and a personal video recorder (PVR). The service is set to rival pay-TV services such as Foxtel and Austar.

According to iiNet, the unmetered Fetch TV service will offer 3D TV capabilities, games and social networking applications. Pricing has yet to be determined but the ISP said it will be at a “very low monthly cost'.

Fetch TV is supported by Malaysian billionaire, T. Ananda Krishnan.

“iiNet will now offer customers broadband, phone and TV from a single provider, with all their communication and entertainment services included on one convenient monthly bill,” iiNet said in a statement.

In February, iiNet CEO, Michael Malone said he had enlisted a distributor to help make the product available to other ISPs as well.

iiNet has previously argued alternative delivery models for broadcast and film content such as IPTV would curb the high level of piracy on the Internet.

The ISP has been battling a court case with the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) which claims iiNet authorised illegal movie downloads by its users.

The Federal Court ruled in favour of iiNet but the decision has been appealed.

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