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Internet Ventures Re-Invents PeRKInet Portal

Internet Ventures, Inc. Tuesday re-launched its PeRKInet brand as a single-source portal of more than 75 Internet-delivered television broadcast stations.

The revamped site was created with the expressed intent of delivering the "widest possible diversity of information sources and diverse sources of video programming" according to Don Janke, president of Internet Ventures.

Subscribers to the PeRKInet service will be able to use the site as a portal to established broadcast programming sources in 28 countries. The site includes links to diverse mix of global stations and networks including Bahrain TV, Vatican TV, the Philippines' Sarimanok, the British Broadcasting Corporation and Bloomberg TV.

"In its new configuration, PeRKInet enables viewers to access an incredible mix of channels from every corner of the world. The magic of Internet-delivered video is that it can satisfy a broader range of viewing options, without the channel capacity restrictions that the cable industry faces," Janke said.

"While we'd like to take credit for the concept, the idea really was created by the cable industry. Our new PeRKInet portal is the Internet version of cable's original community antenna television concept."

Unlike cable television programming which traditionally includes a limited number of text services the IVI portal includes ancillary services such as e-mail and data.

PeRKInet services include cable modem rentals for under $30 a month and is currently is available in Cheney, Washington, Eureka and Ventura Calif. and Medford, Oregon.