Following on the heels of TV maker LG's announcement that it would partner with incumbent telco Telstra--which is planning to launch IPTV service later this year--and embed BigPond's on-demand movie and catch-up service on all of its new flat-screen models this year, more IPTV news is coming out from Down Under. New IPTV provider FetchTV and iiNet have agreed to a deal to deliver an IPTV service over iiNet's beefed up ADSL2+ broadband connection, which will offer free-to-air digital channels, on-demand content and even 3D service. iiNet will become Australia's first top-tier ISP--it's the country's third-largest ISP--to work with FetchTV, which until now has been a minor player in the sports rights market. Fetch is backed by Malaysia's Astro All Asia Networks. Service will be available to customers after a brief runup over the next couple of months.
"FetchTV has been developed to satisfy the entertainment needs of the 70 percent of Australians who have elected not to take up the existing and expensive subscription TV alternatives," said FetchTV CEO, Scott Lorson. "
"We are delighted to team up with iiNet to introduce FetchTV to the Australian market, given their proven network reliability, reputation for product innovation and award winning customer service. The team at iiNet has been heavily involved in the development of the FetchTV service, and they share a common passion and commitment to innovation and differentiation."
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