FetchTV soon available through Optus

Optus has joined a number of other Australian internet providers such as iiNet, Westnet and Internode in offering online TV service FetchTV.

Optus customers are expected to be able to access FetchTV from the second half of 2011 via their TV and mobile devices.

Austin R. Bryan, director of Optus Digital Media, said "The way people view and engage with video content is changing rapidly. Optus wants to be at the forefront of this change, which is why we're partnering with FetchTV to develop a unique TV offering across multiple devices."

Scott Lorson, CEO of FetchTV, said this was a "significant milestone for FetchTV and we look forward to working with Optus to launch a unique and compelling entertainment service".

The FetchTV service includes a number of channels such as BBC World News, ABC, National Geographic and Discovery Networks.  The service is delivered to your TV via the FetchTV set-top box, which also allows users to pause and rewind live TV. Other broadband providers who offer FetchTV deliver the service to customers unmetered, which means the data used from watching content doesn’t affect your broadband data allowance for the month.

FetchTV competes with similar iPTV services like Foxtel and TiVo.