Tiscali ceases IPTV service in Italy

Italian ISP Tiscali is to cease its IPTV service Tiscali TV at the end of the year. In a letter to its existing subscribers, the company writes the service will be terminated and the subscription fee for the month of December will be waived. The letter also said carriage of the digital terrestrial Italian channels will cease on January 15. No reason was given for the termination of the service.

Tiscali TV was launched in mid-2007 and so far attracted about 50,000 subscribers. It was the third entrant into the business of IPTV following Fastweb TV and Telecom Italy (Alice Home TV). Initially the service was only available in Cagliari, Roma and Milan and was later rolled out in Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Naples, Palermo and Turin. There were plans to take the servicer nationwide.

Tiscali TV offered a number of personalised TV services, but failed to contract programming from Sky Italia.