When Foxtel launched their iQ2 box back in 2008, the HD PVR had an Ethernet port on the back that the PayTV network promised would be unlocked in the future. Well, the future is apparently almost here, with Foxtel CEO Kim Williams telling Sky News that they'll be launching Internet On Demand products launching from October.
According to Williams:
First we’ll see the whole On Demand products launched to the fleet of iQs. Over three quarters of a million iQs will be internet enabled before the end of this year.
“That will render for the customer around 1500 separate movies and television programmes on demand. It’s like bringing the biggest video store right into your living room.
David Knox at TV Tonight also reports that the service will expand to somewhere between 5000 and 6000 titles within the next three years, and that Foxtel are negotiating with Telstra to offer their service through the T-Box.
In addition to the IPTV services coming to the iQ, Williams also promised an iPad app, desktop widgets that allow live control of the iQ and an updated iPhone app which will include the iSuggest functionality.
Naturally, no pricing was announced for the IPTV services, but given the launch is only a couple of months away, it's unlikely we'll be waiting too long...