07.13.2006 12:00 AM
Netherlands: Lijbrandt Telecom, Amino Begin HD IPTV
Dutch phone firm Lijbrandt Telecom has started up an HD IPTV service ("HDIP TV") using set-top boxes made by Amino
, of Cambridge, England.
Lijbrandt Telecom's current HDIP TV platform features about 50 channels, including three HD offerings. The BBC will add three American HD channels in the fall: Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and National Geographic HD. Lijbrandt said
in a statement its service includes a "missed-a-program" service, which is a VOD option for mostly noncommercial programs such as news.
Like some North American firms, the Internet protocol HD service is being branded by Lijbrandt Telecom as a "triple play" package: online access, television, and telephony services all delivered through a single broadband connection.
Lijbrandt Telecom said it is investing up to €200m ($254.8 million) to develop the diversified IP service and projects growth to 120,000 subs by 2009.