iiNet to play FetchTV

Aussie ISP partners up with Freeview channel

Australian Internet service provider iiNet yesterday announced a partnership with FetchTV to deliver digital TV over broadband.

Powered by an ADSL2+ broadband connection, the partnership will allow iiNet customers to access free-to-air digital television channels, a range of subscription channels, a personal video recorder (PVR), and an electronic program guide (EPG). A video on demand service is also available with a basic subscription.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but the service is expected to be much cheaper than Australia's main pay TV provider, Foxtel.

Trials of the service are set to begin in upcoming months, with the FetchTV service available to customers shortly after.

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George Benson


Fetch TV is not real IPTV. It's a limited collection of over the air channels from a TV tuner. Also the video on demand requires a huge 750 gig hard drive that will drive the set top box to over $300 USD cost to IINET and to us the consumer.

The video on demand will be a download only service and I hate to think how long it will take to download movies from this service. It will be easier to go get a DVD or Blu-ray at the video store.

Fetch TV is a weak half measure that will fail like Bigpond download video on demand PC service of a few years ago.

Tivo was canned here in Australia and by my prediction so will Fetch TV. We here in Australia need to innovate, and this weak half measure isn't it!!!

George Benson



George really seems to have a problem with Fetch TV, I've seen the exact same comment on almost all coverage I've seen in the last few days.

Sure, Fetch is limited, but it's good to see more competition for the incumbents, but it will be interesting to see if this service can deliver.

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