Six sign up for Enfocast deal

Six news channels have signed a deal to screen their TV programmes for the first time on desktop PCs via the Enfocast broadcast service.

Six news channels have signed a deal to screen their TV programmes for the first time on desktop PCs via the Enfocast broadcast service.

BBC News 24, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, EuroNews and The Money Channel will be available, either as a single package or individually, by satellite.

No extra software or hardware, such as receiver cards or set-top boxes, will be required. Enfocast director James Harvey said that the company was offering, for the first time, 'true convergence between broadcast TV and the PC'.

As long as they each have the relevant subscription, between one and 10,000 users in any given corporation can now access the channels on their PCs while working on other desktop applications.

William Poel, Enfocast executive chairman, said: 'Those involved are the normal suspects and represent the rump of the current rolling news contingent in Europe.' Subscribers will also have the potential to broadcast their own corporate TV and multimedia content through a closed channel.

Some programmes will be multi-lingual, with languages including French, German and Spanish.

On-screen selector options will allow easy switching between channels.

Poel said applications for the PR industry included the ability to communicate with journalists and clients at their desks at work or home.

'We have cut a deal with the broadcasters,' Poel continued. 'If you are a business and you want to look at three or four different channels (on TV) you would normally need separate set-top boxes and subscriptions.

'Enfocast isn't just a TV application,' Poel said. 'It is designed to provide a delivery mechanism for distance learning and training too.' Other events, such as conferences, can also be streamed live.



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