The BBC maybe televising the Live 8 next month, but AOL has stepped in to offer a live webcast of the concerts in London, Philadelphia, Paris, Rome and Berlin on 2 July for free.

The Internet service provider, who is the exclusive LIVE 8 online partner, will hope to bring together a worldwide audience for the only complete broadcast of all of the LIVE 8 concerts, for free, live and on demand. AOL has also said that the concerts will be available online for six weeks after the event in case you can't get to a computer on the day.

AOL will also host special blogs from each city where concerts take place, along with a news and information service leading up to the event.

High profile singers and bands such as Coldplay, Sir Elton John, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Scissor Sisters, Sir Paul McCartney, Sting, Robbie Williams, U2 and R.E.M have already signed up to perform at the Hyde Park Concert in London.

The other concerts will see performances by Stevie Wonder in Philadelphia, Brian Wilson in Berlin, Duran Duran in Rome and Jamiroquai in Paris.

AOL isn't the only tech based company to be offering its services. O2 will be providing support for the 150,000 tickets for the Hyde Park gig will be made available through a special text lottery.

At 8am on Monday, 6 June, a special multiple choice question will be broadcast on TV and radio, and will also be printed in newspapers.

Each person who enters the lottery can obtain two tickets each by texting a special number.

The text number will be announced at 8am on Monday on all UK radio stations and BBC television. No text entries will be accepted before that time.

There are no limits to the amount of times you can text. Each text costs £1.50 plus your usual network text charge.

The text line will remain open for seven days, and 75,000 pairs of tickets will be randomly chosen by computer.