iiNet's Fetch TV to get soccer channels

Internet service provider iiNet has secured the Australian rights to the club channels from Premier League teams Chelsea and Manchester City.

iiNet customers can view all Barclays Premier League matches, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa games, Carling Cup and FA Cup matches for the two clubs, as well as other content for Chelsea and Manchester City fans.

Soccer fans can watch the channels on the web through iiNet's Freezone, or on their TV sets with the provider's IPTV service, fetchtv 2. The new channels are in addition to FOX SPORTS News, a dedicated 24-hour sports news channel.

iiNet's chief technology officer, Greg Bader, said: "We expect sport fans will love what's now on offer, especially considering these new channels are available at no additional charge.

"Our sports channels complement the wide selection of live sport already available on digital free-to-air channels; plus with iiNet's service, you can pause, rewind or record any free-to-air or subscription channels you like."

The additional TV channels are "really just the beginning," Mr Bader added.

The fetchtv 2 service includes a set top box that lets you watch one channel and record two others. The service also allows customers to rent movies on demand, watch free-to-air TV as well as other channels like MTV, and all content is unmetered.

Eligible iiNet broadband customers have the option to rent the fetchtv set top box for $29.95 per month (with a once-off $99 setup fee) or purchase the box outright for just $399 (with the service costing just $19.95 per month).

To be eligible, customers need a Naked DSL or iiNet broadband connection in a fetchtv2 enabled area.

iiNet ADSL2+ plans start from $39.95 for 20GB, with a setup fee of $79.95.

Bundling an internet plan with a $29.95 home phone service saves customers $10 a month on the broadband cost, and customers can also bundle in a VoIP plan with free or cheap local and national calls for an additional $9.95.

Call 1300 106 571 for more information on plans and to find out if you can get fetchtv2 in your area.