iiNet and Adam Internet have announced a facelift to their Fetch service which includes access to new channels such as Disney and the sports related ESPN which includes NBA, NFL, NASCAR, Poker and Major League Baseball.
The revamped iiNet TV with Fetch Entertainment Plus package includes access to the Disney Channel, Disney Junior, ESPN and ESPN2 in addition to the existing Fetch content via HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) technology.
“iiNet’s deployment of HLS extends coverage to customers on ADSL, ADSL2+, fibre, and for the first time, the NBN," iiNet's chief product officer Stephen Harley said. "Previously, the full iiNet TV with Fetch service, via IP Multicast, was available to about two thirds of our customers.”
The Entertainment Plus package will replace iiNet's existing Entertainment package for all new customers. Existing customers can either stick to their current service or upgrade to Entertainment Plus with their bill changing accordingly. When added to the basic iiNet TV service the Entertainment Plus package costs an additional $19.95 per month for a monthly total of $29.95. (The package is included at no extra charge in iiNet's $99 TV Combo.) Internode customers meanwhile, will get access to the new channels from August.
Rival ISP Adam Internet is also expanding its Fetch TV service. Existing customers will be given a free trial of the new premium channels: ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
“ESPN covers a wide range of world sporting events, while the Disney Channels’ family orientated programming is a perfect fit with the school holidays now underway,” Adam Internet's founder Greg Hicks said.
The four new channels will be offered to Adam Internet customers free of charge until the end of July.