London to get unbundled video-on-demand

HomeChoice relaunched

Video Networks is to relaunch its broadband and digital TV service next week after installing its kit in more than 80 London BT exchanges.

Available to more than one million Londoners, Video Networks' HomeChoice service is to offer 1Mb broadband and more than 60 TV channels. The service also enables people to access TV programmes "on demand". It is due to go live on 13 May.

In a promo deal, Video Networks is offering to install the service for £49.00 along with half price subscription for the first three months at £17.50 a month.

Video Networks is one of a handful of companies in the UK to offer telecoms services direct to customers via unbundled local loops (LLU). but it is likely to face more competition, following hints last week that the cost of LLU is likely to fall in the UK (the UK has some of the most expensive LLU costs in Europe). Wanadoo UK (formerly Freeserve), for example, is known to be very interested in LLU should costs fall in line with Europe.

Video Networks was founded in 1992 and worked with BT on the first video-on-demand trial in the UK in the mid 1990s. Its HomeChoice service was launched in North West London in October 1999 and across London in September 2000. By the end of 2000 the company stopped actively plugging the service due to technical problems. The company claims around 5,000 HomeChoice customers. ®

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