For about a year, only Aucklanders have been able to watch low-fi but loveable music channel Alt TV (if you haven't seen it, re-tune your TV immediately). Now Orcon says that in a New Zealand first it will simulcast Alt TV via its recently revamped website www.orcon.net.nz. As well as Alt presenters like Nucky - sorry, Nicky - Watson and a constant stream of music television, Orcon is promising an iTunes-style service soon, in partnership with Digirama, that will offer 1 million songs for download.
Watch for many more internet TV (IPTV) developments over the coming year. As we covered in the July edition of PC World print, Telecom now has a general manager of TV and video services, Philip King, who is looking to launch a multichannel IPTV service for Xtra customers once DSL2 is up and running. And, in a separate but maybe not unrelated development, Sky TV CEO John Fellet told me Sky has a new version of its decoder on the way soon that will have built-in IPTV capability. Fellet says Sky will over several new channels that will be broadcast via IPTV only. There's no time frame for launch yet, however.