Competition intensifies in pay TV

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The Independent Online

While O2 ponders whether its IPTV service will appeal to UK users, Orange has rolled out its TV platform in London and Leeds ahead of a nationwide launch in the first half of next year. Three hundred paying customers will trial the service over the coming months and will be able to access content from suppliers including MGM and Disney. The mobile phone companies' plans mean that the pay TV market is going to become even more competitive with Sky, Virgin, Tiscali and BT already battling for customers. Competition in the market will be under the spotlight this week when Ofcom publishes its assessment of the sector.