Dave Stewart, half of 80s pop group Eurythmics, is planning an internet TV service partnered by the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen.

The duo own a company called The Hospital Group, through which the service will be launched. Stewart claims the firm is already in distribution talks with Dutch cable company United & Philips Communications.

The service will cost an annual fee of £80 and feature channels devoted to archive footage of artists. It will be delivered to homes over the internet through digital TV.

The musician, who announced his new venture at the British Phonographic Industry event in London, went on to attack music industry attempts to shut down Napster.

News source: The Times (London)