Wind to launch IPTV offer by Christmas

From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italian telecom operator Wind is putting the final touches to its IPTV offer that should launch in time for Christmas.

According to director general, Fabrizio Bona, Wind will not be a content producer but only a distributor. The TV offer will include all of the Sky Italia channels available on satellite, Italian digital terrestrial TV channels and many other thematic channels that will be added later. He says that prices will be low, in line with the company's strategy, and there will also be the possibility of combining other fixed line services such as broadband internet and voice.

Wind's IPTV subscribers will get the latest set-top box model produced by Motorola, which it will distribute exclusively in Italy. The digital box will manage both IPTV and DTT channels and will have a 160 GB hard disk.

Currently, only Fastweb has an established presence in the Italian IPTV market with 200,000 subscribers. Telecom Italia launched its service Alice this month and Tiscali was supposed to have launched before the end of 2007 but there is still no official confirmation.

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