Thursday, May 15, 2008

Free Adds 120K IPTV Subscribers

Free in France announced that it added 137 broadband subscribers in 1Q08 giving it a total of 3.014 million broadband subscribers at the end of the quarter. Its base service costs 29.99 euros per month. Its ARPU during the quarter was 36.20 euros per month.

Free enhanced its IPTV service in several ways during 1Q08:
  • It introduced a subscription video on demand service that includes HD content for 9.99 euros per month.
  • It introduced power line communications as a standard feature for its Freebox HD set-top box/home gateway.
  • It introduced the ability for its subscribers to create websites that can be viewed on the TV
  • A promotion for the Canalsat premium package at 10 euros per month for the first year rather than the standard price of 20.90 euros per month
Free did not announce its number of unbundled subscribers at the end of 1Q08, which translate directly to IPTV capable subscribers. I estimate based on its broadband numbers that it added about 120 thousand IPTV capable subscribers giving it a total of 2.4 million.

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