Toy Box: Coming to a home too far away from me

Oh the lucky few! Telecom has begun trials of its JetVideo movies-on-demand service to around 100 homes. The devil, you say. If this is the first you've heard about it, you're not one of the homes involved.

Oh the lucky few!

Telecom has begun trials of its JetVideo movies-on-demand service to around 100 homes. The devil, you say. If this is the first you’ve heard about it, you’re not one of the homes involved.

You’ve got to have JetStream running at more than 1.5Mbit/s, so none of your low-grade JetStream Starter users may apply, which will limit the potential market. You need to have a PC capable of showing high-quality graphics, so those old 286s can stay in the cupboard, thanks, and if you’ve got an attack of the Macs you won’t be wanted either.

Still, if you are on the trial, you’re getting movies for free (woohoo) and a lucky lucky percentage of Telecom customers have set-top boxes, so they get to watch, er, TV on their TVs. MGM, Universal and Warner Bros are partners of Telecom’s content provider, Intertainment Asia, so expect the likes of Bend it Like Beckham, Scooby Doo and The Bourne Identity.

Pricing is tricky. Currently it’s free, which I like as a price point, but I imagine Telecom will want to pay its bills as well as turn a profit, so I think it could be double or triple that. Maybe more.

The trial, which finishes in February, may lead to a commercial rollout. Stay tuned for more details.

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