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Optus partners with FetchTV to deliver content anywhere

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Optus will begin offering an Internet TV service in the second half of 2011 after announcing a partnership with FetchTV.

Customers will be able to access the service not only with their TVs but also with their smartphone and tablet devices.

The way Australians access video content is changing and this service will allow viewers to select various channels delivered via their broadband connection.  

FetchTV is no stranger to IPTV (internet protocol television) and their services are already available to iiNet internet customers.

Optus’s decision to partner with FetchTV is part of a broader strategy to offer converged video services which can be enjoyed in front of our TV at home or on our mobile devices on the go.

“The way people view and engage with video content is changing rapidly,” says Austin Bryan, Optus director of digital media.

“Optus wants to be at the forefront of this change which is why we’re partnering with FetchTV to develop a unique TV offering across multiple devices.”

FetchTV offers a number of subscription channels in its service along with movie rentals and digital free to air channels.

There are also TV on demand services as well as application and games which can be played through the FetchTV set-top box.

Optus has yet to announce the package line-up or pricing and said more information will be made available closer to launch in the second half of the year.

“FetchTV has spent the past three years developing advanced IPTV capabilities and a compelling catalogue of content,” says Scott Lorson, FetchTV CEO.

“Partnering with an operator of Optus’ scale, brand and reputation is a significant milestone for FetchTV and we look forward to working with Optus to launch a unique and compelling entertainment service.”

Telstra has already established its own IPTV service with its T-Box which offers video channels, free to air TV and movie rentals.