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BBC says Yes to video web

Brit web to supply footage to broadband service

LONDON — The BBC has struck a deal to supply programming to Yes Television’s broadband video-on-demand service. Several hundred hours of BBC shows across all genres will be available to Yes subscribers via a BBC branded site.

Yes last week announced plans for an IPO, with Hollywood majors Warner and Disney set to take 10% stakes in return for supplying movies and TV programming to the venture.

Yes has services operating in two British cities, Cardiff and Hull, and has hooked up with British Telecom to pilot a service in London.

Yes is one of several companies pitching VOD to the U.K. market, via broadband cable or conventional phone lines using ADSL technology. Rivals include Video Networks and Redbus Film Group — both of which are also planning IPOs later this year — as well as satcaster BSkyB and cablers NTL and Telewest.

Video Networks already has supply deals with the BBC, Warner and Disney.

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