From Branislav Pekic in Rome
Croatia is set to get its fourth IPTV platform, after T-Com's MAXtv, Iskon's Iskon.tv and Metronet.
The country's largest alternative telecommunications services provider, Optima Telekom, plans to launch its own IPTV platform called Opti.TV by October 1st. This will enable it to finally offer a triple-play package with telephony, high speed internet and TV. A total of five packages will be available: the cheapest (3 Mbps + 2 GB of traffic) will cost HRK 231.87 (E31.66), while the most expensive (3 phone lines, 5 Mbps Flat Rate connection) will be offered for HRK 292.36 (E39.93).
Initially, the Opti.TV service will offer more than 70 channels, most of which will be in the Croatian language or with Croatian subtitles. Opti.TV will in fact be the only platform in Croatia to carry all six Discovery channels – Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Science, Discovery World, Discovery Travel + Living and Investigation Discovery. Three of them, Discovery Network, Investigation Discovery and Animal Planet, will be available in Croatian.
Three additional channel packages will be available â€“ HBO (HBO, HBO Comedy and HBO Digital) for HRK 56.58 (E7.73), Cinemax (Cinemax 1 +2) for HRK 36.90 and HBO/Cinemax combination for HRK 67.65.