German telco steals DT's IPTV thunder

German service provider HanseNet launched its IPTV service this week, beating out its fierce rival Deutsche Telekom. DT has been pushing to get its IPTV service up and running before the country hosts the World Cup a month from now, but it looks as if the incumbent will have to settle for a mid-June launch now. HanseNet's IPTV service, called Alice homeTV, launched in Hamburg with launches in 14 other markets to follow in the weeks ahead. Subscribers pay $12.70 a month in addition to their broadband connection fees for Alice homeTV. The basic IPTV service includes 100 channels with 600 on demand movies available. Additional specialized pay-TV are also available to its 660,000 broadband subscribers. The service provider has vendor agreements with Harmonic, Nagravision, Advanced Digital Broadcast and Alcatel.

For more on HanseNet's IPTV launch:
- check out this Light Reading article

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