Italian operator TIM has celebrated the first year of its VoD service TimVision with 1.5 million subscribers.
According to TimVision chairman, Daniela Biscarini, the customer base has grown by over 60 per cent from the end of 2016. Most of them have been acquired thanks to the Tim Smart offer that includes TimVision at no additional cost (the on-demand service retails for €4.99/month).
Speaking to Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Biscarini said that the presence of Vivendi as a controlling shareholder is undoubtedly an advantage, “by contributing to the development of content, creating synergies and providing expertise”. Equally important, claims Biscarini, is the agreement with Rai Cinema that allows TimVision access to an important film library.
In the meantime, TIM is in the process of setting up a pay-TV joint venture between TimVision and Canal+ and is also waiting to see if it will succeed in winning the rights for the Serie A, the ‘killer conten’t for any web-TV platform in Italy.
Meanwhile TimVision has secured a rich sports package thanks to the partnership signed last year with Eurosport and Discovery Communications, which will allow its subscribers to follow the main Italian and international sporting events up to 2020, including the upcoming Olympic Games.
TimVision offers over 10,000 titles of TV series, movies, cartoons and entertainment programmes. It claims that, in 2016, customers watched on average 16 hours of content per month, mostly through the Tim Box decoder.