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TV rivals form on-demand service

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are to launch a joint on-demand service, which will bring together thousands of hours of television programmes in one place.
    The service is set to go live in 2008 and will offer viewers access to current shows and archive material.

    Plans will have to be approved by the BBC Trust and the other broadcasters' boards, and a name for the service will be unveiled ahead of its launch.

    The three broadcasters currently offer their own separate on-demand services.

    The BBC's iPlayer and ITV's catch-up service will continue to exist along the new online "aggregator", which will provide a complement to the established providers.

    However, Channel 4's 4oD will no longer be a standalone service once it is incorporated within the project.

    Programming from all three broadcasters will be available for free download, streaming, rental and purchase via the internet, with expansion on to other platforms planned.

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