Feeds

Not free Internet access from OnDigital

But you can surf while watching a tiny TV picture

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

OnDigital, the digital TV service jointly owned by Granada and Carlton Communications, has now linked up with the BBC to work on its TV Internet service.

The service will allow customers to flick over to the Internet, while the TV picture remains in the corner of the screen. This will be provided to OnDigital customers for an as yet undisclosed fee.

This literally fits with research from market analysts Forrester. This reckons 40 per cent of Internet users watch less TV now they're online - if a small picture counts as less TV. (The good news is that tiresome dotcom TV ads might disappear once netizens completely stop watching TV.)

OnDigital is producing an "Internet Box" which will get users online with a 56Kbps modem through a standard phone line. It will also be ADSL ready, even if BT isn't.

Further announcements about parters, launch timing and pricing will be forthcoming over the next few weeks, the spokesman said, as would the spec and brand of the access box.

On the difficulties facing recent entrants to the ISP market, a spokesman for OnDigital said: "We will only promise to deliver what we are sure we can deliver. We are not going to be offering completely free access, so we don't anticipate falling into the same kinds of difficulties as some others have recently."

On Digital MD, Stuart Prebble, described the proposed package as: "the easiest and most cost effective way of getting onto the internet: no dish, no cable, no computer."

No computer? Just a magic thinking box then? It all sounds very retro to us. Anyone else remeber the ZX Spectrum? Just a box that plugged into your telly...®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.