The picnic product range from Sky has been on the cards for a while, but it seems it is entering the final stages of testing with employees now able to use the system at home.
SkyUser has a bit more information on the service. The idea behind Picnic is that rather than forcing users to take a bundle people can pick and choose which elements of the bundle they want, be that telephone service, broadband or TV. The TV service is delivered over digital terrestrial television and picnic will use its own dedicated set-top box. The aim appears to be that in time that MPEG-4 encoding will be used either to support a HD channel or fit more channels into the available capacity.
The TV component of the service is subject to being looked at by Ofcom. The broadband component looks fairly well advanced and is designed to be a self-install product with a new version of the Netgear DG834GT ADSL modem/router. The version 4 router will come with a CD to guide people through the set-up of the service.