Network TV arrives in South Yorkshire
People living in South Yorkshire now have an additional option for television with the launch of the Little TV, Big TV and Big TV+ packages by littlebigone.com.
The TV service is delivered across the VDSL2 network that Digital Region has to around 80% of homes in the region, with picture quality the same as existing satellite TV services. The service also supports HD channels, though only BBC One HD and the BBC HD channels are available. QoS is used to ensure that any downloads or uploads across an individuals connection do not impact on their TV viewing.
Three packages are available:
- Little TV Pack: 50 TV and radio channels, up to 40 Meg broadband with unlimited downloads, a wireless N router, free anytime calls, YouTube access via set top box and local transport information. £32 per month on an 18 month contract, with the telephone line rental costing £13 per month.
- Big TV Pack: The £39 per month (plus line rental at £13/month) adds an extra 20 channels to the TV line up.
- Big TV+ Pack: For £45 per month (plus line rental at £13/month) adds a 500 GB TV recording box, so that TV can be recorded/paused.
Setup costs are £75, plus a £42 connection fee, though the first 50 sign-ups to the new TV services will receive a free set-top box and activation. The channel line-up should expand in the future to include Sky Sports and Sky Movies, as additional subscription options.
The inclusion of local transport information is an interesting aspect, and it seems littlebigone is keen to expand this aspect of the service, giving local communities the opportunity to have a truly local TV service.
BT Vision is a hybrid IPTV service, with most broadcast channels delivered over Freeview, which means people need an appropriate aerial to receive those channels. The HomeChoice service that was around since 2000, which morphed into Tiscali TV to eventually become TalkTalk TV and while still working we believe has not signed up new customers since early 2011 and as with BT Vision it was a hybrid service. The extra bandwidth of VDSL2 and sub-loop unbundling used by Digital Region allows for a pure IPTV delivery of channels at a decent quality level.