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Seesaw Pushes TV Rental Service Live

Online video streaming service Seesaw has rolled out a new online service that offers 1000 hours of premium (i.e. paid for) programmes from the likes of MTV networks with prices as low as 99p for a single episode.

Those looking for whole seasons of their favourite series may fork out as much as £18; bear in mind that you're actually renting rather than owning the content which is a tad expensive IOHO.

The content provider says that shows in the offing will also include shows from Comedy Central as well as BBC Worldwide. Expect shows such as Planet Earth, I’m Alan Partrridge and Fawlty Towers. These can be rented for up to 30 days with a viewing window of 48 hours.

More expensive series have a renting period of 90 days and a viewing window of 48 hours for each episode which is slightly disappointing.

Seesaw is owned by Arqiva which bought the technology behind the failed Project Kangaroo. Arqiva is also one of the strategic partners behind Project Canvas which incidentally was given the green light to go ahead by the Office of Fair Trade yesterday.

We will watch with interest whether Seesaw will finally be merged with Project Canvas at some point in the future or used as the poster boy for the technology. Interesting times indeed.

Seesaw offers more than 3,000 hours of free programme already and competes with the likes of TVCatchup, Blinkxbox and MSN Player. Still we believe that buying a boxset makes more sense.

For example, you can rent the first series of Planet Earth for £4.99 at Seesaw but you can buy the DVD box from Computer Exchange for £10 with free delivery.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.