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London, UK - 22nd February, 2007 - Launching today, RailTV.tv is a new, pioneering broadband television service created with the demands of rail enthusiasts in mind. Rail enthusiasts have long been underserved when it comes to TV, video and DVD content and currently, the only way to access track and train DVD content is by buying, direct from the DVD producer, through an on-line store e.g. Amazon, through retail outlets e.g. WH Smith or at smaller railway outlets. RailTV.tv solves this problem by providing consumers with the ability to rent DVD quality video, by downloading on-demand to a PC via a broadband connection. The service, which is being launched globally this week, offers a broad range of premium content combined with an easily accessible and intuitive user interface. To sign up visit www.railtv.tv.

"For as long as there has been television, there has been a community of individuals seriously enthusiastic about railways and trains. Until now however, the needs of this community have been neglected," remarks Chris Griffin, co-founder and director of programming at Aggregator, the company which publishes and delivers RailTV.tv. "RailTV.tv provides a one-stop shop where rail enthusiasts can go to find a wide range of high quality and cost-effective content."

RailTV.tv has been created in the knowledge that premium content is king when attracting users. At launch RailTV.tv will deliver programs from three major content libraries, in addition to content from numerous smaller video producers. The library will cover a range of genres such as steam, diesel, electric, archive, heritage, model and modern traction. This wealth of content will retain the interest of even the most dedicated railway enthusiasts.

RailTV.tv has also been created with the technical abilities of its users in mind. Aggregator, the packaged broadband television service provider, which has created the offering, is well aware that in order to be successful the site needs to be visually attractive and intuitive. Moreover, the site also has an uncomplicated payment system that makes downloading on-demand content effortless.

RailTV.tv provides a previously unavailable service for rail enthusiasts. With no mandatory subscription charges, consumers can obtain content on a pay-per-view basis of £1.40 to £2.80 per programme. This is the first time that rail enthusiasts have been able to rent this type of programming which can cost up to £15 per title to buy. The quality of the pictures, however, has not been compromised. In contrast to mainstream platforms such as 'You Tube' that stream video content, RailTV.tv users now have access to downloads that are DVD quality.

A subscription service is also soon to be launched in which unlimited content can be downloaded for one set monthly fee. As an launch promotion, consumers registering before 22nd April will be awarded £5 free credit. The full catalogue is available to view at www.railtv.tv.
 

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Firefox users may have noticed that the site unfortunately doesn't work with your browser.

They are apparently working on making it available to users of other browsers.

QUOTE (RailTV FAQ)To use our service you need a PC or laptop with a broadband connection. Our service currently supports:

Windows XP

Internet Explorer version 6.0 and above

Windows Media Player 10 and above

We will be supporting other PC browsers, such as Firefox, in the near future, as well as Apple OSX and other devices
 

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I've had a play with this on two home PCs, one running WMP10 and one WMP11, both using XP Home SP2 and IE6. The PC running WMP10 refuses to play back content, the other one is fine. Download times aren't too bad, about 25 mins. to download a 45 minute video, using domestic ADSL running at about 4 Mb/s.

Video format is 720 x 576, 25 fps around 1.3Mb/s bitstream; Playback quality is quite reasonable, good enough to show the limitations of the source recording quality :-/

The choice of material isn't particularly thrilling IMHO, most of the 'archive' selection actually consists of videos which are a mixture of archive and recent footage, with somewhat variable production quality.
 
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