BBC News To Be Content Partner In @Home Nederland
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@Home Nederland is a European initiative of Excite@Home, Intel Corp. and two Dutch cable operators. Subscribers to it will get "always on" services at a fixed price per month, with no telephone charges.
"This agreement shows that established broadcasting corporations like the BBC understand the power of broadband Internet and its great opportunities for reaching people in a new way," said Rik Rensen, content and programming director of @Home Nederland.
"Next to the news feeds from earlier partners such as SBS 6, Fox TV, ANP, Beursmedia and online multi-player gaming from Segasoft, the BBC audiovisual assets will be an excellent addition to @Home's fast growing content," he added.
However, the BBC is determined to push ahead as fast as possible in online media.
"Our strategy is to have the skills, knowledge and strategic partnerships to move quickly to take advantage of leading edge communications like broadband Internet by cable," said Tony Hall, BBC News' chief executive.
Dutch users, many of whom through geographical proximity receive BBC radio and TV programmes without having to pay a licence fee, will be greatly cheered by today's news.