October 19, 2009
Miniweb the VC-backed spin-off from BSkyB's Sky Interactive division, which raised now £20 million (E22m) from US-based investors last year and still provides "red button" services to Sky TV, wants to launch its own IPTV service in the UK in early 2010.
Miniweb says it already has distribution deals with multiple retailers and ISPs and a private UK beta begins next month. Miniweb claims to already have 30 million hours of content to showâ€”40 percent of it will be paid-for premium content such as moviesâ€”including its deal with online video search engine Blinkx (and a large amount of adult content). It is also pitching to content owners saying clips and programmes can appear in a branded menu which content owners themselves control.