KIT Kingston Interactive Television

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Kingston Interactive Television 2000 - 3 April 2006 RIP. The birthplace of the BBC iPlayer et al

In memory of the disbanded, pioneering, "World Leading", Hull Kingston Vision Team
Andy Goy KITV Operation Center Manager
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14/3/13 Such a pity that the The BBC has today launched a new campaign celebrating over 90 years of innovation, telling the story of broadcasting, engineering and technological progress since 1922.
But has missed out on the timeline 2000-2006 KITV interactive IPTV on ADSL including the red button and the birthplace of the iPlayer.
as Greg Dyke said back then " Launching the service in Hull today, BBC Director General Greg Dyke said: .Hull will be seeing the future of broadcasting before the rest of the country. We are opening the door to a new era.
New interactive technologies provide the BBC, as a public service broadcaster, with a unique opportunity to get closer to our audience - and for them to get more back from the BBC. .My ambition is to harness all of the benefits that
digital technology provides and extend the BBC.s local and learning role still further - to place the BBC right at the heart of British community life in the twenty-first century"
BBCi Hull - BAFTA Nominated Interactive Broadband Television`

Wikipedia IPTV
Kingston Communications, a regional telecommunications operator in the UK, launched KIT (Kingston Interactive Television), an IPTV over digital subscriber line (DSL) broadband interactive TV service in September 1999
after conducting various TV and video on demand (VoD) trials. The operator added additional VoD service in October 2001 with Yes TV, a VoD content provider. Kingston was one of the first companies in the world
to introduce IPTV and IP VoD over ADSL. In 2006, the KIT service was discontinued, subscribers having declined from a peak of 10,000 to 4,000. [6]


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Exclusive interactive content of the BBC.s ground-breaking World War One series The Trench, has enhanced TV watching for viewers of BBCi Hull on KIT, the leading interactive TV service from Kingston Communications.
From Friday 15 March 2002 KIT customers across Hull and East Yorkshire have had on-demand access to each episode in the series in which modern day volunteers recreate the experiences of the 10th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment in the autumn of 1916 on the Western Front. Viewers can also watch in-depth interviews with the Hull volunteers, the author of the programme and survivors of the Great War. They can even view additional content not available on TV covering .life in the trench., including features on hygiene, sleeping and training. As the first and second episodes were screened on TV on Friday 15 and 22 March, KIT viewers had the chance to send questions into a live Trench chat forum which took place between 10 . 10.30pm. Comments, questions and opinions could be sent direct via an on-screen keyboard which uses the number keys on the remote control in a similar way to text messaging. BBCi Hull has designed and developed a presence on the KIT service to trial the delivery of locally and nationally focused enhanced content based on BBC programming. Since its launch in October 2001 the BBCi Hull trial on KIT has featured interactive content from a number of popular programmes including Blue Planet, Walking with Beasts, 'EastEnders, Video Nation and next month will offer an exciting new perspective on the FA Cup semi finals. From the BBC's standpoint the KIT trial is helping to shape its understanding of viewers behaviour and preferences for locally focused enhanced interactive TV delivery. BBCi Interactive Executive Paul Appleby said: "It's a great feeling to be able to provide a service directly into Hull that gives the project back to the people. Working closely with the both the production and interactive TV team, we were able to produce content that is exclusive to this service, and gives some impression of what both the 21st Century volunteers, and the original soldiers, went through."
KIT Managing Director Kevin Walsh added: "We've now shifted the BBCi trial on KIT into a higher gear and are delighted with the viewers response. Early usage figures indicate that they find these enhanced and on demand programming features of great value. Looking ahead to the summer we have many more exciting and innovative developments planned."
About KIT
Commercially launched in September 2000, KIT is an ADSL-based service, which uses spare capacity on ordinary copper telephone lines to deliver 60 digital television channels, Video-OnDemand, TV Internet & Email, BBCi, Home Shopping and the KIT Channel . providing news/community information, including a weekday, award-winning news service from the Yorkshire Television. Since its launch the KIT service has acquired around 10,000 customers.

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