Swisscom strikes back at UPC Cablecom
Jörn Krieger | 12-11-2012
Switzerland's national telco Swisscom has reacted with its own free-of-charge TV package to the unencrypted digital TV bouquet which its arch rival UPC Cablecom will launch in January 2013.
All ADSL customers of Swisscom will receive a free digital IPTV basic package with over 60 TV channels - 22 in high-definition - from early December 2012. Swisscom TV Light will automatically be integrated into the ADSL monthly subscriptions, thereby providing telephony, Internet and television from a single source. More channels and features will be available at additional charge.
To move the TV package from the ADSL line to the TV set, viewers need a Swisscom TV box which can be ordered in Swisscom shops and on the Internet at http://www.swisscom.ch/tv.
With the move, Swisscom counters the free-of-charge package which cable operator UPC Cablecom announced recently (http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php...ncryption.html). From 1 January 2013, the customers of the Liberty Global subsidiary can receive 55 digital TV channels - including 19 HD services - free-of-charge and completely unencrypted.