Littlebigone, the South Yorkshire-based Internet Service Provider, has launched what it claims to be the first independent network TV service.
Teresa Robbins, managing director of the company, which uses Digital Region’s superfast broadband network, said that after suffering poor broadband speeds for years, South Yorkshire now had one of the country’s most advanced digital networks.
IPTV – television delivered across the Internet – was an entirely new way of watching TV in the UK, but would be mainstream in a few years, she added. Although Littlebigone will be offering viewers a number of channels, they won’t initially include Sky Sports and Sky Movies. However, Littlebigone hopes they will be added later.
“We’re really excited be able to use these to bring people TV of the future. It’s great to be able to bring something innovative to South Yorkshire and see the region leading the way,” Teresa Robbins added.
The new service includes a “PVR Record” option that lets viewers digitally record programmes, and will also let them access YouTube from their TVs.
Teresa Robbins says the next development will be to integrate local community content into the service, which will vary according to which part of South Yorkshire viewers are in, and to create an information portal that brings together key content and media for the local community.