Internet pioneer launches Babel TV

UK internet pioneer Peter Dawe has announced the launch of Babel TV, a device combining a Freeview set-top box, digital TV recorder and broadband connection.

"It's simple," said Dawe, who founded Pipex, one the UK's first internet service providers. "Anybody can plug a Babel TV box into a Freeview aerial and a broadband connection. That's all it takes to be all set to watch, record and pause Freeview TV.

"You can watch TV programmes from the internet, surf the web and shop online. You can keep in touch with family and friends by email, write letters and use other office software. You can share and store photos, play and manage iPod or other MP3 player music, and you can make free or incredibly cheap internet phone calls."

Dawe said Babel TV was better for the environment and household budgets than using conventional digital TV recorders and computers: typical power consumption is 15 watts for a Babel TV, compared with 150w for a typical computer and 60w for a digital TV recorder.

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