Pay (Your Respects) Per View

From the "just when you thought you'd seen it all" file -- a British company has launched an online video service for funerals, enabling mourners to pay their last respects via a pay-per-view Webcast for £75 (~US$150).

An executive from the company behind the service explains:

"Families are dispersed across the world these days, and sometimes it's the case that someone cannot get home in time for a funeral," said Alan Jeffrey, director of Wesley Music.

"For those who need it, this is a very important service. It means that rather than being excluded, they can at least witness and be a part of a funeral as it happens. In a time of stress this is something that can ease the pain."

Pardon the expression, but might this be a killer VOD application for cable operators too?

― Michael Harris, Chief Analyst, Cable Digital News

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