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Vision IPTV calls on Hunt to drive local TV online

January 20, 2011

Vision IPTV has called on Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to back broadcast quality Internet-only distribution and playout for the new national TV channel.

Vision IPTV CEO, John Mills, said, “The costs of Internet broadcast are a tiny fraction of digital terrestrial TV and the barriers for local broadcasters therefore much lower. It makes sense to deliver this new TV channel over the web.”

“By early 2013 (when the channel is to launch), all new TV’s will be sold with Internet connection as standard, millions of homes will have set top boxes connected to their broadband and products like Youview, Google TV and Apple TV will be competing aggressively in the market. The London Olympics will also have just demonstrated the potential of tailored and multi-channel viewing over the Internet to millions of UK citizens.” Mills continued.

Mills concluded: “By 2013 Internet and traditional channels will be indistinguishable in electronic programme guides. Local Internet TV would place the UK firmly at the forefront of global leadership and innovation. This would be a visionary move rather than a backward step.”

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