BigPond TV goes live

BigPond has unveiled a line-up of TV shows, made-for-mobile programs and sports and music videos available on mobile phones in Australia, with the launch of BigPond TV on Telstra?s Next G mobile 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.

The new mobile TV service, available on Next G network, is really a hybrid between a traditional broadcast network and newer internet-based entertainment services.

BigPond TV works with a simple subscription or pay-per-view pricing. Under the pay-per-view pricing model, consumers will be expected to pay 50c for access to short clips for 24 hours. Full TV episodes will cost $4.95 per episode for 7 days viewing.

Consumers can also buy monthly subscription packages offering 25 clips or 55 clips priced at $9.95 and $19.95 respectively. Telstra has set its monthly TV subscription pricing at $9.95 per month for four episodes.

Program line-up at launch

  • South Park
  • The Chaser?s War on Everything
  • The Shield
  • Beavis & Butt-Head
  • Jackass
  • Pimp My Ride
  • SpongeBob Squarepants
  • Family Guy
  • Dirty Sanchez
  • Dilbert

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.

NOTE: Rival operators 3 Mobile, Optus and Vodafone all offer similarly priced mobile TV content through their 3G networks , and all claim to have the widest and most attractive selection.

Price and availability

RRP: Short Clips – $0.50; Full TV Episode $4.95; 25 Clips $9.95; 55 Clips $19.95
Available: Now on Telstra?s NextG and 3G network from Telstra Mobile Shops

Source: Telstra BigPond