KPN starts PayTV

In spite of the endless debate about micropayments - and especially the lack of them - it is suddenly there: pay-TV on the internet. KPN MultiMedia Services launches PayTV in collaboration with SwitchPoint. With this new service, providers can distribute streaming video to consumers. The payment is made via the telephone bill

In spite of the endless debate about micropayments - and especially the lack of them - it is suddenly there: pay-TV on the internet. KPN MultiMedia Services launches PayTV in collaboration with SwitchPoint. With this new service, providers can distribute streaming video to consumers. The payment is made via the telephone bill.

KPN has set up the service platform-independent; every internet user can make use of it, regardless of the nature of the internet connection - analogue, ISDN, ADSL (Mxstream), cable, satellite or LAN. The payment can also be arranged as desired (from both provider and recipient). The video stream can be charged per minute via the telephone bill, but also per megabit. Other options are pricing on the basis of image quality or depending on whether the consumer opts for advertising in his stream (free) or advertising-free content (paid).

The first application of PayTV is on Saturday 7 July at 19.30 hours on www.viplanet.nl, namely the Heerenveen-Liepaja Metalurgs competition in the preliminary round of the Champions League. Internet users with an analogue PSTN, a digital ISDN or a cable internet connection up to 100 kb can see the match for free.

Looking at a 300 kb image quality through ADSL, LAN or a high-quality cable connection costs a guilder for the entire game. It may be wise to experience in advance what image quality is to be expected. Surf to www.kpnwebcast.com, look at 'demo films'. Do we now want KPN to announce how many people have looked and what part of it has paid that guilder.