Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 07-09-2011

Australian broadband firm Internode has become the first company to deliver the FetchTV IPTV service over the country’s National Broadband Network (NBN), demonstrating it at a house in Sydney.

Although the multicast service that’s typically used to provide IPTV is not scheduled for release on the NBN until mid-2012, Internode has designed a delivery system that allows it to provide FetchTV today.

FetchTV provides subscribers with video on demand (VOD) movies and programming, time-shifted TV viewing and a range of free-to-air and on-demand TV channels. It provides special channel packages offering content from India, Pakistan, China, Singapore/Taiwan, South Korea and the Philippines.

At the FetchTV over NBN demonstration, Internode delivered a range of VOD content via the NBN including new-release movies, HD Luxe TV, the Hindi Pack, the Great Wall TV Pack, and Chelsea FC’s club channel.

Internode product manager Jim Kellett said: “Rather than wait for the NBN to deliver multicast, we have worked out how to use existing technology to deliver high-quality VOD using FetchTV over the NBN.”

FetchTV will release its Full service over the NBN when the network reaches ‘commercial’ status later this year.