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17.07.03

Teletubbies have broadband adventure with AOL


Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po are set for an Internet adventure as Teletubbies goes broadband.


BBC Worldwide and AOL have signed a new agreement that will bring young children in the UK groundbreaking broadband content to complement the hugely popular Teletubbies TV series. Teletubbies' content will go live on AOL Broadband on 17 July.


For the first time more than 50 video on demand segments from the series will be made available on broadband, following the signing of the agreement. Specially built from existing material, the content on AOL will initially offer three hours of Teletubbies' video segments, supported by games, to pre-school children, older siblings and adult carers. New video segments will be added fortnightly.


Jonathan Crane, BBC Worldwide's Director of Commercial Broadband and Interactive TV, commenting on the new agreement said; "This new service is exactly the kind of top quality content that broadband needs to drive take-up. Extending a major brand in this way allows users access to wonderful video any time of the day. We are delighted to be launching Teletubbies broadband with AOL, and we are looking forward to rolling out the product in the UK and other territories, and with other partners around the world."


Chris Condron, head of broadband content at AOL UK, added, "We provide the best online content for all the family and are delighted to add Teletubbies video and great interactive features. This new product helps AOL Broadband members develop the keyboard skills of young children in a safe and stimulating environment. It's one of a range of new content products and services we will be delivering to our members in the coming months, ensuring AOL Broadband continues to be the most exciting and compelling broadband service available."


Notes to editors:
AOL is the leading online interactive services provider to the UK, with more than two million members. AOL offers a range of online interactive services in the UK, including flat rate, broadband and mobile, as well as unrivalled content and community for all the family. Members spend more than one hour a day online on average, enjoying access to AOL's 23 channels of online content, from Entertainment and News to Parenting, Shopping and Your Money, as well as email and the Internet. All AOL members in the UK have access to freephone customer support. The AOL service is provided to UK subscribers by AOL Europe Services SARL, a company in the AOL group, based in Luxembourg. AOL (UK) Limited is part of AOL Europe, a business unit of America Online, Inc., which is the world's leading interactive services company with more than 34 million members worldwide. America Online, Inc. is a division of AOL Time Warner, the world's leading media and entertainment company.




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