Thursday, March 20, 2008

Taiwanese Cable Company Trials IPTV

Vastar Cable TV System in Taiwan has started a trial of Vee TV, its HD IPTV service. It delivers Vee TV service through its fiber network. The current trial broadcast consists of three HD digital channels as well as HD video on demand with content including NHK programs from Japan, nature shows and adult movies.

Vastar plans to set a minimum monthly fee of $NT89 ($US3) for 32 channels. It is deploying FTTC, FTTB, and FTTH. Vastar has completed FTTB in about 1,000 buildings. Its fiber infrastructure can serve 600,000-700,000 subscribers.

Cable companies globally are looking at fiber broadband architectures for delivering services. Telco fiber deployments are putting pressure on cable companies to upgrade to fiber. This pressure is the most intent in new construction where fiber services are a strong sales feature.

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