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BigPond TV on Next G mobile - What's New? BigPond TV on Next G mobile

19 July 2007
Reported by Angus Leung

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BigPond has unveiled the greatest line-up of TV shows, made-for-mobile programs and sports and music videos available on mobile phones in Australia, with the launch today of BigPond TV on Telstra's Next GTM network.

BigPond TV, available only on Telstra's Next G and 3G mobiles, kicks off with on-demand access to more than 25 TV programs, including the brand new Australian made for mobile programs Big 5 and Girl Friday. It will also provide one-stop access to BigPond's line up of AFL, NRL and V8 Supercars shows and videos plus an exclusive 'behind-the-scenes' series from Silverchair. And that's just for starters as BigPond remains in negotiations with top studios to keep on adding to the range of shows.

BigPond Group Managing Director, Mr. Justin Milne, said the program line up, and the unmatched coverage of the Next G network, meant fans could view some of their favourite shows when and where they wanted, with simple subscription or pay-per-view pricing.

"BigPond TV is revolutionising how our customers can enjoy their favourite shows. We are taking top programs out of the lounge-room and onto Telstra Next G mobiles, so customers can enjoy them on the bus, in a park, with friends or simply to catch up on a missed episode at their convenience," said Mr Milne.

The program line-up at launch includes:

  • South Park
  • The Chaser's War on Everything
  • The Shield
  • Beavis & Butt-Head
  • Jackass
  • Pimp My Ride
  • SpongeBob Squarepants
  • Family Guy
  • Dirty Sanchez
  • Dilbert
Mr Milne said BigPond's partnership with Sony Pictures Television International also meant the much anticipated new TV series' Damages featuring Glenn Close and Australian star Rose Byrne, and Kidnapped, will be coming soon as 'catch up' TV. Episodes of these shows will be available the day after they complete their first screening on Australian free to air TV.

"The great thing about our full-length programs is that they will be 'chaptered', as consumers are familiar with on DVDs. So if you just want to relive the finale of a "Rescue Me" episode, it will be as close as your Next GTM mobile.

BigPond TV also has launched with two specially-commissioned made-for-mobile programs - Big 5, featuring Hamish and Andy, and Girl Friday, a situation comedy based around the life of a single, female office worker.

"We also are giving new life to some classic TV, by pioneering minisodes, which are the original episodes edited down to just five minutes. Get all the fun and action of a Charlie's Angels or Starsky & Hutch episode, in the time it takes to drink a coffee," Mr Milne said.

BigPond TV is the first Australian TV-on-mobile service to offer multiple long-form programs, the first to offer DVD-style menus (to allow for full length programs), the first non US-service to offer full episodes of South Park and the first to offer 'Catch Up TV' with major US shows.

"BigPond TV is unrivalled for its line up of popular and cult programs, made for mobile shows and our huge range of exclusive sporting shows and videos, and they are all to be found on the one channel.

"Consumers no longer want to be locked into being somewhere, tuned to a certain channel, at a certain time for their entertainment. They want it where they are and, when it suits them, and only BigPond brings them entertainment how they want in, in more and more ways," Mr Milne said.

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