Broadband provider Wanadoo, the UK's biggest ISP, is gearing up to begin partnership talks with pay-TV operators, including BSkyB and NTL, in pursuit of its ambitious plan to launch a new online video-on-demand service next year.
It is hoping to offer its broadband subscribers access to channels such as Sky Sports and Sky One, as well as movies, music and big events.
The provision of sports and movies, traditionally the key drivers of pay-TV, would be a highly significant extension of Wanadoo's scheme for a new wireless broadband home gateway, due to launch next month under the name Livebox.
From 2005, the ISP, owned by France Télécom, will offer internet voice-calls followed by video-on-demand. Eric Abensur, UK managing director of Wanadoo, said the company is also working with mobile operator Orange to develop a cheap all-in-one phone service.
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