TELEVISION Broadcasts (TVB) will open a joint-venture video rental outlet in Beijing early next year and aims to have 10 outlets in the city within three years. Assistant general manager Dewy Ip said TVB had clinched an agreement with a government-owned enterprise to rent out tapes of TVB programmes at its outlets, intended to test entertainment appetites of mainlanders. Mr Ip said Beijing consumers would be charged 1.50 yuan (about HK$1.39) for a night's rental - about what the market already was charging. TVB had taken up most of the stake in the joint-venture, investing millions of Hong Kong dollars so far. He declined to reveal details, saying disclosure would be premature. Mr Ip said TVB would launch its Star-delivered Hindi programmes in a joint-venture with Pearson of Britain and India's Hindustan Times in the first half of 1996. That joint venture was formed in February this year. Construction of a plant in New Delhi was underway. Another had been completed in Bombay, Mr Ip said. 'Investment in India is still at an infant stage,' he said. 'It is regarded as a strategic participation, a long-term investment beyond the scope of Chinese programmes.' Mr Ip said the India market could surpass the demand of the China market in the next century.