BT preps broadband TV

BT has unveiled new deals that will bring a wealth of documentaries and kids channels to its forthcoming broadband TV service.The as yet unnamed servi

BT has unveiled new deals that will bring a wealth of documentaries and kids channels to its forthcoming broadband TV service.

The as yet unnamed service will now include content from National Geographic Channel (juicy documentaries), HIT Entertainment (home of Bob the Builder, pictured, and Pingu) and Nelvana (more children’s fodder, including Max and Ruby).

The diverse trio join the deals signed last month with BBC Worldwide, Paramount and Warner Music Group for the service, which is slated for launch this autumn.

With more big deals apparently imminent, BT internet TV is shaping up to be a strong alternative to the likes of Sky HD, Homechoice and Telewest’s Teleport. Unlike those three, it’ll provide you with a subscription-free set top box from Philips with 80 hours storage capable of serving up a potent cocktail of live digital TV and VOD (video-on-demand). You’ll never need the Radio Times again.

Another competitor is the BBC’s iMP service. That’s still on trial and will initially be PC-only, so BT’s offering is shaping up to be your best bet for a mix of lounge-friendly VOD and Freeview channels. Using broadband for telly also throws up other extras, including the ability to create a TV chatroom for simultaneous box-watching and text-chatting.

There’s no pricing info for the Philips receiver yet, but we’ll update you with news on the gogglebox revolution when we get it.

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