America Online (AOL) has confirmed that it will start providing streaming video and audio content this week to US members with high-speed internet access.
AOL Plus will be available to members using the AOL 5.0 software along with a cable, satellite or other high-speed or broadband connection, which is far faster than a normal dialup modem connections.
Initially, the service will offer news, entertainment and weather programming, with content coming from a number of sources including CBS SportsLine, CNN, FoxNews, Weather.com and Travelocity.com. AOL intends to expand the service this year to offer other features including online shopping and games.
AOL is preparing to compete head on with Microsoft which has teamed up with AT&T to send high-speed, enhanced content through its cable. AOL, however, will have a far greater influence if its planned merger goes through with Time Warner, the second largest cable provider in the US.
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