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Aggregator launches TV over broadband(TVoBB) service

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MUMBAI: Aggregator Limited has announced the launch of its first TV-over-Broadband (TVoBB) service, a Russian language portal that is set to change the TV viewing habits of over half a million Russians living in the UK.

Mo?TV (pronounced ?my-oar TV? meaning 'My TV' in English) will go live later this month and will provide a collection of on-demand entertainment, drama, current affairs, films, documentaries, music and children?s programming.

Mo?TV is a service which combines the speed of broadband and the best in Russian television with high quality pictures and sound. Aggregator has secured licences for programming from over 20 content suppliers including Amedia, Discovery Networks, Mosfilm, MTV Russia, National Geographic, nTV and RenTV.

Consumers interested in the service can pre-register by going to www.moe.tv and entering their email address. The service will offer around 400 hours of programming at launch, growing to an average of 1000 hours, refreshed monthly.

Mo?TV has no mandatory subscription charges, meaning consumers can choose to obtain content on a per-view basis of 99p to ?2.99 per programme or to view unlimited content for a ?15.99 monthly payment.

All that the viewer needs to do to receive Mo?TV is a broadband connection from any ISP and a PC or laptop. Programming can be viewed on the PC or the TV using a media extender. Aggregator has built a unique TVoBB content delivery platform, based on open standards technologies, to provide the viewer with a quality and easy to use service - for example Mo?TV can schedule downloads so that users don?t exceed their ISP?s monthly download limits. 

"The launch of this service will provide broadcast-quality television services to the 500,000 Russian speakers in the UK,? said Aggregator?s co-founder and Director of Programming, Chris Griffin.

"This is a well-educated, affluent community that has grown rapidly in the UK but is woefully underserved by mainstream television platforms. Mo?TV can ensure that they, and their families, stay in touch with their language and culture while they are living abroad," Griffin added.

Mo?TV is the first in a series of planned service launches targeted at niche audiences from Aggregator, the brainchild of senior television industry figures Martin Goswami and Chris Griffin. Aggregator?s TVoBB services will create a new UK pay-TV platform, an on-demand broadband service that will deliver high-quality content to ethnic and special interest communities that are currently underserved by the television market.

?In order to be successful and provide consumers with exciting services they are prepared to pay for, new TV delivery platforms such as IPTV and TVoBB need differentiated content. We are excited about the potential of a fast growing broadband universe, so we have created services that work best in an IP based environment," said Aggregator?s co-founder and CEO Martin Goswami.

"It seems that many operators currently planning IPTV services are targeting audiences who are already well-served on existing platforms. We?ve looked at that model and rejected it. What we?ve done instead is to develop packages of the best content available for specialist audiences who are not part of the mainstream pay-TV franchise," added Goswami.

Aggregator is well advanced with a number of services aimed at underserved communities and interest groups. In 2007, the company plans to bring all these services together under a common platform brand incorporating the Freeview channels and PVR functionality.

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