NetWorld+Interop in Atlanta last week was the scene of a lot of exciting networking and Internet technology demonstrations and one of the most intriguing developments was in the area of Internet content. First TV, a new offering from CMP Media, promises to deliver original video programming across the Net for no charge. This 24-hour Internet-only television network at http://www.first-tv.com is an attempt to offer interactive multimedia video which can be viewed over a standard modem connection. With First TV, users will be able select what they want to see and when they want to see it in contrast to traditional television, which is a one-way medium where the user cannot really control the schedule of programming. First TV premiered its first offering at Networld+Interop. This show offers seven different segments: news from cyberspace, a segment called Women on the Web , an Internet guide, debates between Internet experts, a round-up of on-line gaming, reviews of hardware and software, plus profiles of people behind the Net. This show is being produced in First TV's own studios and is expected to be the first in a series offered by the service. Other programmes expected include original segments from digital animators and videographers. Until now, content on the Internet has been primarily text and still images. Sites have used multimedia features and Shockwave presentations but ultimately the content that counted has been text and nothing more than images. If First TV is successful in delivering free, original TV-on-demand on the Internet, it will show that the Internet is set to be the pervasive information delivery tool. It will also serve to reinforce the idea of a set-top Internet access device. Right now, the Web is not suited to the likes of average TV viewers who want to point and click with their remotes and then see live video - not text and the occasional picture. If it is possible and economical to deliver live video on the Internet to the home, then the realm of TV as the interface to at least this portion of the Internet becomes possible. If this happens, Internet will become the equaliser it has promised to be. The Web has been lauded for levelling the playing field to a certain degree in terms of the ability to disseminate information. To a certain degree this is true. The production quality of a small-business's web site could easily match or exceed that provided by a large multi-national. But the Internet has not levelled the playing field in terms of the traditional media such as radio and television. First TV is there to be watched on your PC. The site uses the VivoActive Player plug-in which works with Netscape Navigator 2 or above or Microsoft Internet Explorer 3 or above. The plug-in, which offers live video content on the Web, is available for download at http://www.vivo.com/ vivoactive/player-form.html.