The online TV service, Fetch TV, has just gone into administration.
The Fetch TV service started in 2008 and has been trying to make its place in the crowded Video-on-Demand space for some time. It looks like this week, it has lost its battle as the service owners IP Vision have called in UHY Hacker Young to act as administrators.
If you’re unfamiliar with Fetch TV, the service made use of Internet-enabled set-top boxes made by French firm Netgem, and offered on-demand content from the BBC, CNN and Sky’s on demand service, as well as live content from Freeview. Set-top boxes included the Smartbox 7000, the Smartbox 8000 and the Technika Smartbox 8320HD, the latter of which was later sold as a discount price by Tesco, before being discontinued.
We understand that IP Vision is continuing to look for a buyer for the service, although the UK VoD is very crowded, with the US firm Netflix appearing a few weeks back, and the much-delayed YouView service set for an appearance in 2012. It seems that 20 jobs at Fetch TV are in the balance.
From what we’ve been told, the Fetch TV service is still live at the moment, and IP Vision is hoping to continue to operate the service whilst talks are ongoing for a buyer.
About Fetch TV
None of the team here at Radio & Telly have any direct experience of the Fetch TV offering – We’ve asked on three separate occasions to review the service, but the company was unwilling or unable to supply us with any review hardware. Comments received from users of the service weren’t overly positive: “This has got to be one of the most awful bits of kit I have ever purchased” and “whilst it isn’t a complete disaster, it is pretty awful”. Nonetheless, the service was subscription-free, and plans were afoot for the service to become available on a range of Internet-enabled TV sets, and a rather nice iPhone Fetch TV app was launched not that long ago, showing that development was still ongoing.
We wish the 20 staff on the Fetch TV well for the future.
Alternatives to Fetch TV
If you’re looking for a set-top box that combines Freeview with on-demand content, consider BT Vision – The service includes an impressive library of TV shows and movies, and BT’s running some nice deals on its broadband and TV service at the moment – More details ont he BT Vision site, or see our BT Vision review.
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