iiNet offers first 'true' IPTV

ISP to supply unmetered free-to-air and subscription TV to customers for around $30 a month

Internet Service Provider (ISP) iiNet will supply unmetered free-to-air and subscription TV to customers for around $30 a month as part of a new IPTV service.

The ISP will provide subscribers with content from Malaysian-based FetchTV, including pay-per-view high definition movies, Discovery, National Geographic, MTV, Fox International, E! Entertainment Television, and international news channels.

iiNet chief executive officer Michael Malone said its subscribers demanded the service.

“We feel very confident in launching this service against what’s currently on offer in the subscription TV market,” Malone said in a statement. “We know we have the service credentials, the technical and network capability and now, in this partnership with FetchTV, we have a killer set top box packed with killer content.”

Rival Internode and a series of other ISPs are expected to sign deals with FetchTV.

iiNet customers will receive content from Disney; Roadshow; Lionsgate; MGM and newcasters the BBC, and CNBC. Some content will be available through video on demand.

Telsyte research director Warren Chaisatien said previous ‘IPTV’ offerings were re-badged broadband services that lacked the functionality of “true” IPTV.

“Online television content viewed on laptops doesn’t bridge the gap — people want to watch on their TVs — this service has bridged that gap,” Chaisatien said.

“The term ‘IPTV’ has been used by the ISP industry to loosely describe TV content delivered to laptops, but it lacks the functionality of true IPTV.”

The new functionality of ‘true’ IPTV means consumers can watch streamed broadcasts on their television sets through a set top box, and will eventually have access to interactive services.

However, Australia is still years off obtaining the feature-rich IPTV services in Japan and Korea due to our comparatively slow broadband speeds. Chaisatien said those services allow viewers, among other things, to purchase goods seen in television shows. “You could see a shirt that [an actor] is wearing and purchase it online,” Chaisatien said.

Developments in IPTV technology included a partnership between Google, Intel, and Sony last month to launch Google TV, the first television screen with an embedded Android operating system. The project aims to make navigation of web applications such as You Tube and Twitter as easy as flipping channels.

Telstra launched a trial of its T-Box in Melbourne in December last year that can stream movies and Internet TV from the Telstra Bigpond site along with set top box functions to pause, record and rewind digital free to air.

The iiNet deal with FetchTV follows calls by the ISP for content providers to make movies and music more available online to reduce pirate downloads.

iiNet chief regulatory officer, Steve Dalby, previously said the ISP could sit down with content producers "tomorrow" and work out a profitable content distribution model that would stamp out a lot of piracy.

"Their problem lies in the fact that the movie industry has invested hundreds of millions in creating demand for their catalogue of product by promoting and advertising their movies, and then allowed a black market to flourish by not satisfying the demand with legally available content," Dalby said in an email interview.

iiNet has been involved in a public legal fight with the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) for copyright infringements by its subscribers.

The FetchTV set top box includes 750Gb of storage, the ability to watch TV and simultaneously record two other programs, and HDMI, Dolby Digital and surround sound support.

FetchTV is not affiliated with the UK IPTV company of the same name.

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19 Comments

Sam Cooke

1

We already have iiNet Internet broadband and it's not very fast. It's not unusual to be watching a short streaming video and have the video stop while a buffering cache is being rebuilt again. If the proposed TV application runs at the same speed, I don't see how it could be anything other than a pain unless a subscriber is fortunate enough to have access to ADSL II - which we don't.

Darren

2

Sam,
The technology for IPTV has been around for 10 years and used successfully in the UK in the days of ADSL1. You will likely find that your videos will be much faster because content will be cached on dedicated iiNet servers, and will not use the TCP/IP protocol which can slow things down significantly.
I will also expect you'll find that the offering will only be available to those customers on ADSL2 or the future NBN. It doesn't make economic sense to provide it on a slower platform, especially for customers will not achieve a great experience.
This is a great development, and one that Telstra are also mirroring later this year.
If you can't get it in the end, thats tough, but it might give some downward price pressure to the likes of foxtel's packages.
If it is so important to you, then move to an area that can.

George Benson

3

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 hard drive that will drive the set top box to over $300 USD cost to IINET. 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 weak half measure that will fail like Bigpond download video on demand PC service of a few years ago.

I would TIVO was canned 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

Keith

4

Oh well, maybe they'll not roll this out just because some customers cannot get ADSL2 !

I am on ADSL2 but only get about 2.5 Mbits due to distance so I'm not confident either (although I would like to think this MAY be nearly enough for IPTV??)

Reubot

5

George Benson, FetchTV have indicated that they will offer linear channels (IPTV). I don't know where you get your information from?

John

6

Transact in the ACT has had IPTV for years...

What the hel

7

George Benson/Foreman -> You're completely wrong.

Where the hell did you make that crap up?

George Benson

8

Doing Live TV service with a TV tuner is redundant. British Telecom tried it with poor results. Download video failed with Telstra Bigpond. We here in Australia demand better from our ISP's. Something that's instant, with no limits. We demand real IPTV not this FAKE FETCH TV IDOL.

George Benson.

Andrew Baton

9

TransACT in Canberra have been doing IPTV for 10+ years. Its currently only available on the TransACT network but its definitely been around for a while.

John Narriga

10

Transact are also about to release a next generation IPTV solution reading press releases on their website...

http://www.transact.com.au/news/Article.aspx?id=1089

Not sure whats the big deal about what IINet are doing ??? mind you I reckon the quality and features set on IINet would be questionable... time will tell

D Newman

11

George Benson, what is happening here is what is called a stop gap, untill Australia,s infrastructure issues have been improved I dont think any company wants to stick its neck out and be made to appear lacklustre, because of higher latency and patchy strength in networks.

However once the NBN gets roll out you are going to see an explosion of services, these services already exsist and have been running for years in Asia, its going to drag a lot of people's attiudes and way of doing a lot things screaming and kicking into a new age.
As they say in WA, its coming Wait Awhile, your gripes are justified but slightly misdirected, read up on Blockbuster videos desires to turn into a online rental model, and why they shelved plans in the short term.

Dayne

12

Hmm seems to be alot of negativity and doubters here... a few points to consider.

1) IPTV is a great idea.

2) The technology/infrastructure is definately at a point where early adopters are more than ready to embrace it and with the right systems with usable interfaces I'm sure the general public too will be ready to embrace it.

3) Has anyone tried iView? or 7Plus mentioned in the article.. They work great for me! choose a program hit play instance play back including the ability to jump directly to any point in the content with instant results. yes I'm on ADSL2 however I have used some of these services over a wireless data card and had good results also.

4) Tried iTunes yet? video on demand their works great I've both rented movies direct through my macbook (plugged into a TV) and through a media centre pc plugged into a tv within minutes of beginning a download (whilst it's stil downloading) I can begin to watch the movie or transfer it to my iPhone once complete to watch on the go.

Some hopes
I already have a macbook pro laptop and now a windows media center pc. I'd prefer not to need to add an additional piece of hardware to my setup to access iiNet / Fetch TV IPTV should this not be able to operate over their network via my already setup Media Center networked PC

Looking forward to realtime on demand content!

mc

13

What's the big difference between Channel x recieved via a box plugged into a copper phone line or a box plugged into a fibre/coax network? Or a box plugged into a sat dish?

VOD is different, but then that's been in hotels for years, is available through iQ for Foxtel, and is available online in many forms (including YouTube).

Sure, having more options like Fetch TV is good for Aussie TV watchers, but what's happening here isn't revolutionary.

If memory serves, being able to buy what's on screen was first made available in the late 70's on an analog coax system in the US. Foxtel/Austar STB infrastructure can do it. FTA analog can do it with a mobile phone and a QR code.

Jazz

14

Hi guys
I'm very much intrested in getting Fetch TV2, however i'm conncerned with the picture & sound quality of live Tv channels......can anybody tell me if i will be getting the same picture quality as Foxtel...

thanks

Wendy K

15

I love my fetch tv!!
Awesome love it.
Kids love it too. No problems at all
Great customer service also
Extremely happy since I got it. 5 stars

bill clifford

16

Fetch Tv is rubbish. The content is very poor. Its full of repeats, repeats and repeats. Not worth it.
I notice that my last comment was removed, makes you think.
Bill

bill clifford

17

I had copyied some of the negative reports posted regarding fetch tv. Funny that they have all been removed. if you are interested in a copy email me. There are lots of files.
Bill

bill clifford

18

another month and fetch is still the same, repeat after repeat after repeat after repeat................ Fetch TV its rubbish.

bill clifford

19

another month and still repeats over and over and over again.
three months to go until my contract ends, cant wait.
I just hired a new big screen tv that is conected to the web, paid for streeming for 12 months and it was cheaper than Fetch.
Fetch Tv is crap.
Bill

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