JANET(UK) Collaborates with OSTN to Launch IPTV

JANET yesterday announced an IPTV partnership with the Open Student Television Network (OSTN). JANET(UK) will offer OSTN's educational, foreign language, news, and entertainment IPTV content to all of its connected sites, representing a user base of up to eighteen million users which includes all colleges, universities and the majority of schools in the UK.

JANET, the UK's national network for research and education connects a wide range of education and research institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. From schools, FE Colleges and Universities to large research institutions, JANET provides a reliable and resilient network, enhanced through a programme of leading edge developments and services.

Available on personal computers within the UK, OSTN is the leading global provider of educational, foreign language, news, and entertainment IPTV content and services and features the only 24/7 worldwide channel exclusively devoted to student-produced programming, airing content from over 50 higher education institutions. The alliance will also provide both parties an exciting opportunity to introduce new services to the JANET community.

"OSTN gives our students the experience of working with a national network, producing material for a national audience, and presenting their work in a national forum. Thanks to OTSN, our students will be able to share experiences with their peers in ways we couldn't even imagine a few years ago," said Steve Yavner, University of Miami's Faculty Advisor for UMTV.

"We are pleased to partner with JANET(UK) to deliver IPTV to the UK's colleges and universities," said Prashant Chopra, Chief Executive Officer of OSTN. "We also look forward to collaborating with our colleagues in the UK to aggregate and distribute student-produced, educational and news programming worldwide."

Along with student-produced programming, content available on OSTN includes the OSTN student channel, educational channels such as NASA TV, C-SPAN, University of California Television (UCTV) and the Florida Educational Channel, news channels such as MSNBU and Fox News, entertainment channels such as the Sci-Fi and USA Networks, and foreign language channels such as CCTV (Chinese), TV5 (French) and RAI (Italian).

Tim Marshall, CEO at JANET(UK), himself a former BBC and Disney TV executive said "Our partnership with OSTN will open up a whole host of opportunities for the student community across JANET, He said that this cutting edge converged technology will not only give students access to a whole host of vibrant new resources but will also encourage collaboration across campus and indeed the whole education sector"