The Times eyeing IPTV service

The Times newspaper plans to launch an Internet television service as it aims to increase its online audience by supplying video news clips, an AFP report said.

The report said third-party providers would initially provide news clips for the new service, Times TV, which planned in the longer term to encourage its readers to contribute newsworthy video.

Such providers were not disclosed, but the firm said it could include Reuters, the British news and financial information group.

The Times said it was not clear whether BSkyB, the broadcaster that was 38% owned by News Corp., parent company of The Times, would supply clips when the service is launched, according to the report.