Sunday, March 19, 2006

BT Vision Targets Autumn Launch

BT's nationwide next generation TV service will be called "BT Vision" and is on-track for commercial launch this Autumn.

The service will combine access to digital-terrestrial channels through an aerial with broadband-powered video on demand. BT will use a software platform powered by Microsoft and a set-top box made by Philips. There will be no mandatory monthly subscription.

BT Vision will be enabled by the BT Hub, a device which is at the heart of BT's strategy for the converged home. The hub will also allow wireless networking for the family's PCs and laptops and up to five different calls to be made at the same time using VoIP.

BT's most recent announcements of content deals for the new service include a deal with leading TV production company Endemol to license programming and develop cutting-edge interactive content for BT Vision. The company also recently signed a deal with Cartoon Network to license its most popular programming such as the Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory and to develop interactive content for BT Vision.

BT has begun taking customer registrations for the upcoming service.

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