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Streaming game service OnLive inks U.K. deal

The service, which aims to move gamers away from consoles such as the Xbox, PS3, and Wii, features video games from top publishers.

OnLive, a streaming video game service expected to launch in the U.S. on June 17, will also soon be available in the U.K. OnLive

OnLive, a streaming video-game service that aims to threaten the traditional console business, announced Thursday that it has stuck a deal that will bring it to the U.K.

Under the terms of the deal, OnLive will partner with British Telecommunications to deliver the service to homes across the U.K. BT also bought a 2.6 percent stake in the San Francisco-based company.

OnLive plans to go live in the United States on June 17. It will cost $14.95 a month and offer gamers the ability to buy or rent AAA titles from Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, THQ, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and 2K Games.

BT did not say when it will roll out the OnLive service.

The idea behind the service is that people will get high-frame-rate, no-lag performance out of most console games, regardless of their computer, as long as they have minimum Internet connection speeds of 1.5Mbps for standard-definition play and 5Mbps for HD, and are no more than 1,000 miles from an OnLive data center.