UK building society Nationwide has added Internet TV to its range of access channels for retail banking.
Initially, users with a suitable TV or set top box will be able to view product information. A full online banking service will be added this summer, which customers will be able to use once they have registered for Nationwide's Internet banking service.
To access Nationwide's Internet TV service, customers need a telephone line and suitable Internet-equipped television or set top box plus TV with scart socket. Currently supported systems are BushInternet, ONnet and Q-Zero. The pages of Nationwide's Internet TV service have been optimised for viewing on such devices.
The move follows the building society's recent enhancements of its Internet banking service for personal digital assistant (PDA) users.
Jim Willens, Nationwide e-commerce director, says: "As well as rolling out Internet TV, we're also developing a WAP phone banking service due for launch later this year. Our aim is to give members a greater choice in the way they do business with us."