TVNZ pumps programmes to Orcon, Vodafone users

Broadcaster negotiates a way around NZ's depeered internet providers

TVNZ is using ISP Orcon to provide Orcon customers with high-capacity peered access to TVNZondemand programmes online.

Kordia, the former BCL, originated as a subsidiary of TVNZ, but was split from it in 2003. It is now a major provider of communications services to TVNZ and other broadcasters. Kordia took over Orcon last year.

Orcon will supply the content “zero-rated”, so it will not attract traffic charges and will use caches such as those provided by Citylink to place the content as close as possible to the users for maximum efficiency, says TVNZ general manager content and delivery Tom Cotter, who announced the development at the TUANZ Telecommunications Day in Wellington yesterday

A similar arrangement has been reached with Vodafone’s Home Broadband service, though this will attract charges.

The content repertoire is set to grow rapidly, Cotter says.

TVNZ is close to a deal with Disney to bring in overseas content worth an estimated $160m, he told the conference.

“We are making a significant capital outlay on buying rights. This is what people want to do with broadband,” he says.

But satisfying user wants is not the sole objective; TVNZ also sees it as a strike against the uncontrolled distribution of programmes through peer-to-peer services, social networking sites and YouTube.

It is also a move towards compensating for the refusal of Telecom and TelstraClear to support local peering.

“We want commercially viable peering in New Zealand,” Cotter says.

Telecom’s Matt Crockett immediately responded that Telecom is peering to some local content providers.

“The structures [for provision of useful broadband services] are starting to come together at all levels,” said new TUANZ chairman Chris O’Connell.

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