People may require HP ink cartridges in the future if a pilot program by the company to offer print-to-home services to magazine subscribers is a success.

The firm has announced a partnership with publishing company Conde Nast, which is responsible for a range of lifestyle titles, in order to deliver content to home users via their printer.

Senior vice-president for inkjet and web solutions at HP's Imaging and Printing Group Stephen Nigro said the deal creates a "new channel" for consumers to access their favourite publications.

He added: "When coupled with our scheduled delivery service, [it] allows customers to get the content they want, whenever they want it."

The enterprise explained that by offering titles through a person's web-enabled printer, magazines will be able to connect with their readership more frequently than with traditional print offerings and "more tangibly than via email".

HP already offers a range of apps for its internet-ready machines through its ePrint service, which includes news programs from providers such as Yahoo!.