The last year has seen combinations of telephone and broadband services take off, but in a fast paced world, those deals are beginning to look a bit stale. 2007 is seeing a raft of new Freeview/TV over broadband combinations appearing. The latest looks to be Tiscali TV which is due to launch on the 1st March 2007.
A shortened version of a print story from the Media Guardian section can be read online here. Richard Wray spends some time looking at the challenges ahead for Virgin Media, but also provides details on the forthcoming Tiscali TV service.
Tiscali TV will build on the pre-existing video over broadband service from Homechoice which serves the London and Stevenage areas. Tiscali hope to expand the network to cover 65% of UK households, including the major metropolitan areas by next summer. Two packages are on the table currently, a basic £14.99 a month deal offering broadband and TV service. A more expensive package at £19.99 will offer the same 38 channels and catch-up TV for BBC channels, but will also include a phone line with free weekend calls to landline numbers.
Interestingly it looks like Tiscali is managing network capacity by restricting people to 100 hours of video content over the broadband connection on the basic products, or allowing you to upgrade to 1000 hours of on-demand content and another 27 channels for £10 more per month. Shows like Lost and Desperate Housewives are expected to retail at around 99p per episode.
A challenge all service providers face is ensuring that broadband services are stable enough to provide a good video experience. To some extent, this can be seen already with people faster to complain about poor service and reliability when it affects their telephone connection.