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BBC and ITV join with network operator to offer broadband video streaming

BT teams up with TV broadcasters

At the same time that Virgin has announced its upcoming 50 mbps internet service, BT has revealed that it is teaming up with the BBC and ITV networks to bring video-on-demand services to broadband.

The deal is hoped to bring the next generation of free services to carry free to air channels and on-demand TV services such as the BBC’s iPlayer and ITV Player.

Market research commissioned by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) suggested that the demand for high-definition video should set the standard for a national broadband service.

There is no confirmed launch date yet for the BT deal, as the plans are still subject to BBC Trust approval and public consultation.

Source: Computer Weekly

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