French ADSL provider Free has partnered with i-concerts
to create a 24/7 high definition concert network, i-concerts HD. Beyond the IPTV
channel, they also feature i-concerts Jukebox for VOD access, although it is not clear if that content will be HD or not. The network launched yesterday, and will feature content from all genres, including performers such as Beyoncé, Seal, Radiohead, James Brown, and Gorillaz. The IPTV rollout is happening much faster in Europe compared to the US, in fact the i-concert network is already available to Belgian subscribers over IPTV and in France direct to a PC. As telephone companies expand IPTV offerings here, hopefully we'll see more options for high def programming like this become available.