02.07.2011 03:30 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
UK viewers get new option for streaming TV online
The online TV streaming service SeeSaw, from broadcaster Arqiva, is now available on TVs via the Boxee set-top box, following a deal between the two companies. SeeSaw works like the BBC iPlayer, providing access to content from BBC channels Channel 4 and Channel Five and funded either by subscription or by advertising. There is also a rental service for on-demand titles, including episodes or whole series. The Boxee platform supports broadband-connected PCs or MACs by loading the software and direct connection of HDTVs via a dedicated box now available to SeeSaw customers. This is the first time that SeeSaw content has been available directly on a TV-connected set-top box rather than through a Web browser, enabling viewers to access catch-up services. Currently, Virgin Media, the UK’s dominant cable TV operator, offers catch-up services including BBC iPlayer as part of its basic subscription, so Arqiva now offers an alternative service with an effectively free-to-air option paid for by adverts.