BT has announced that it will not be bidding for live rights to Premiership League Football.
The telco said that it has ruled out bidding for football because it does not see itself as a broadcaster, despite some market speculation that it would bid against BSkyB and others.
In a briefing yesterday it clarified details of its plans for offering broadband television, a project the company currently dubs 'Nevis'.
Ian Livingston, head of retail business, said that the service will be a combination of on-demand viewing, as well as offering video telephony and texting. Video-on-demand will allow subscribers to order films as required for immediate viewing.
The service will also allow users to set up their own TV channels and to take part in videoconferences using a small section of the screen, while watching another programme.
BT says that the service will debut in summer/autumn 2006 and be based around
a set-top box that is being made by Philips. The box will include a digital TV
receiver that will handle all the terrestrial digital channels via Freeview. It
will also include a video recorder and support for online
The service will require a minimum 2Mb broadband connection and will stream video directly to the TV.
"BT's service is set to be the first real IP-based TV. The real breakthrough on broadband TV comes when you stream the service direct to a TV as opposed to a PC as others are currently doing," said Ian Fogg, broadband and VOiP analyst, Jupiter Research.
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