T-Online planning to offer nVoD over DSL

31 Jan 2003

Deutsche Telekom [NYSE:DT] has said that it plans to launch television content services over its DSL network by the end of 2003. Just days after agreeing to sell its remaining cable television network assets for EUR1.73 billion, the PTO revealed that in the fourth quarter of this year its ISP T-Online will begin offering interactive TV services over its parent’s nationwide DSL network, initially to supplement programming on existing TV stations, but with a view to eventually offering near video-on-demand (nVoD) services. T-Online has said that it also plans to offer a raft of typical internet-based products, such as messaging services, which will be delivered via a set-top box connected to the customer’s TV set. Deutsche Telekom had over 3.1 million DSL subscribers at the end of 2002 and has said that it will reveal details of hardware partnerships and content deals at the forthcoming CeBIT trade fair in Hanover in March.