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iinetIPTV could finally be making its way Down Under. Australian internet service provider iiNet has become the first top-tier ISP to sign a deal with new IPTV provider Fetch TV.

Fetch TV, partially backed by Malaysia’s Astro All Asia Networks and a different company from the UK-based provider of the same name, has so far caused ripples only in the sports rights market, reportedly planning to join bidding for the next Australian Rules football (AFL) contract. But iiNet today announced a partnership with Fetch TV, confirming it would be the first ISP to deliver the service over an iiNet cutomer’s ADSL2+ broadband connection.

However, the third-ranked ISP could see stiff competition from incumbent telco Telstra, with the company also planning on launching its Tbox IPTV offering over the next few months.

Fetch TV will offer access to free-to-air digital channels, “a range” of subscription channels, a PVR and an EPG, plus unmetered video-on-demand content with a basic subscription. The VOD content includes a continuously updated library of movies, TV shows, documentaries, kid’s programs, as well as new release movies.

The service will also include 3D TV capability, in-built single and multi player games and access to a selection of social networking web application.

FetchTV CEO, Scott Lorson said: “FetchTV has been developed to satisfy the entertainment needs of the 70% of Australians who have elected not to take up the existing and expensive subscription TV alternatives.

“We are delighted to team up with iiNet to introduce FetchTV to the Australian market, given their proven network reliability, reputation for product innovation and award winning customer service. The team at iiNet has been heavily involved in the development of the FetchTV service, and they share a common passion and commitment to innovation and differentiation.”

iiNet added it had “beefed up” capacity of its network to handle multicast transmissions. Trials are set for the next month or so, shortly after which the service will be available to customers.

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