PC TV plans gaining content

SEVEN Network pay TV station C7 has taken a substantial shareholding in Access1 as part of a content alliance.

Access1 uses satellite-based Internet Protocol technology to provide broadband delivery of multimedia services including Pay TV and high-speed Internet to computers.

Via the Access1 network, C7 plans to deliver all of its programming direct to computers – including up to three channels of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

C7 is in the process of integrating with the Seven Network’s online and Internet business i7 as part of its plan to develop broadband content.

It plans to deliver this content across a range of platforms to consumers in Australia and South East Asia.

i7 managing director Andrew Cohen said access to content via computers had much greater scope than han simple Internet and email.

“We are looking to provide a variety of options to users including pay TV, enhanced TV and high speed Internet,” Mr Cohen said.

Access1 managing director Tony Brennan said that, via the Access1 network, C7 was developing other channels for computer-based coverage including an investor channel, a training and seminar channel, a channel for latest release movies, a youth and music channel and a special events channel.

Mr Brennan said the alliance was particularly positive in light of Seven’s recent joint venture with Granada Group PLC and its access to MGM’s content library.

C7 general manager Shane Wood said the alliance would have no effect on its Foxtel access “or the ability to negotiate with our traditional carriers”.

To subscribe to Access1, viewers need a small rooftop satellite dish and a decoder box for their computer.

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