Cablecom expands digital TV offer

Switzerland’s largest cable operator, Cablecom, has expanded its digital basic package with 16 new TV channels being added, including nine in English language.

The subsidiary of US media concern Liberty Global claims it now offers the most extensive English-language television bouquet in Switzerland. The new additions are Five, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies, ITV 3, ITV 4 and More4 from the UK, ARD EinsExtra, ZDFinfokanal and Bibel TV from Germany and gotv and K-TV from Austria. Also new on board are international US financial news channel Bloomberg TV, CCTV from China and TGN from Thailand.

The digital basic package comprises a total of more than 100 TV channels, including four in high definition (HDTV) along with 100 radio stations. Five pay-TV bouquets covering the fields of sports, movies, documentaries, children’s entertainment and music as well as foreign language packages are available for an additional fee.

Cablecom had more than 1.5 million cable customers at the end of 2008 of which 347,000 received digital television.