Despite ongoing trials with BT, Yes TV said it is unable to meet the current costs of access to BT's exchanges - put at£625 a subscriber and£36 a month for three years. BT claims it is on track and has met all deadlines so far, allowing competitors into its local exchanges by July 2001, but VOD outfits are getting impatient.
'It is holding back the roll-out of our services,' said head of marketing Steve Garvey. 'Why have we got to wait for another nine months for this to happen?'
Garvey said he expected to unveil deals with other European partners within the year, probably Germany among others.