Good Vibrations with VoIP from BT

BT has concluded deals which will allow its new next-generation TV service, BT Vision, to offer more than 500 concerts and performances by some of the world’s biggest music artists.Their potential line-up includes big names such as Franz Ferdinand, Keane, Bon Jovi, Andrea Bocelli and the Beach Boys.

Customers will be able to choose from a wide range of on-demand film, music and television programming as well having access to an interactive and communications service, all available through their TV sets.

This combination, delivered on a software platform powered by Microsoft and through a set-top box made by manufacturer Philips, will allow customers choice, control and convenience. Unlike other pay-TV services, there will be no mandatory monthly subscription.

BT Vision will be enabled by the BT Hub, the device which is at the heart of BT’s strategy for the converged home. The hub will also allow wireless networking for the family’s PCs and laptops and up to five different calls to be made at the same time using VoIP technology.

The company says the service will be a world-first, combining access to digital-terrestrial channels through the aerial with broadband-powered video on demand.