Internet-enabled iQs, new iPhone and iPad applications -just some of the Foxtel product announcements made yesterday by CEO Kim Williams.
Williiams was being interviewed on SKY Business Channel’s Media Week programme yesterday. Buoyed by the revenue results for the first quarter of 2010 he flagged several new and updated technology products.
“Before the end of this month you’ll see a new iPhone application, which will add the iSuggest functionality to the iPhone,” he said.
So far there have been 210,000 iPhone apps downloads since December with over 2m customer sessions at an average length of 9.6 minutes.
“We will launch our first iPad application before the end of this month, and we’re going to launch the most fabulous little gadget, which will be initially with Microsoft by the end of the month, and move into Macs about four weeks after that,” he said.
“It puts the Live EPG as a desktop unit on your workstation, so that you have an immediate connection from your workstation to your iQ at home.”
The application allows a programme to be instantly set for Recording by the iQ.
Williams also said Foxtel would introduce internet products from October.
“First we’ll see the whole On Demand products launched to the fleet of iQs. Over 3/4’s of a million iQs will be internet enabled before the end of this year.
“That will render for the customer around 1,500 separate movies and television programmes on demand. It’s like bringing the biggest video store right into your living room.”
In 2-3 years the content will grow to 5,000 – 6,000 titles.
Williams did not reveal any fees for the IPTV offering.
“We have a number of IPTV announcements that we’re going to be making over the course of the next 12-18 months, which I think will re-energise the whole consumer space, in terms of the reality of internet delivery to the television set.
Foxtel is also negotiating with Telstra to offer programmes through Telstra’s T-Box.
“The Foxtel On Demand service that will be launched by the internet from October this year will in fact have free-rating with Telstra Bigpond. So it’s a very sensible reason to get Telstra Bigpond.”
Williams also flagged an announcement on Commonwealth Games plans due on August 19.
Foxtel will have over 500 live uninterrupted hours, with a 6 way multiscreen application, available in broadband and High Definition.
“It will be the biggest High Definition broadcast in world history.”