Rafat Ali writes: "... The BBC ... wants more than 1.6 billion pounds ($2.8 billion) in increased funding to pay for a slew of new online services and the switchover to digital TV. The license fee would be increased annually by 2.3 percentage points above the rate of inflation for the seven-year period from April 2007. ¶ BBC plans to use the extra funds over the next 8 years to roll out "on-demand" TV, build infrastructure to support digital TV, a free satellite service and HDTV, as well as creating more original programing with fewer repeats. ..." Link: paidcontent.org.