Free adds 28 new channels to IPTV service

French ISP Free has added 28 new channels to its IPTV service 'Freebox TV' this month, of which over half are included in the standard subscription package.

The new channels include: Ma Chaîne Sport (MCS), offering sports programming for all the family, including European football championship games and sports coaching programmes (including yoga, fitness training and dancing); Premium Football Club, offering coverage of the Brazilian football leagues; Nat Geo Music, a new music channel from National Geographic; Trace Tropical, a tropical hits channel; Clubbing TV; E! Entertainment; local channels such as Télé Bocale and Téléssonne; and foreign channels such as Dubai TV and Abu Dhabi TV.

In terms of new high-definition content, Free has added Luxe TV HD and Arte HD to the standard package, and will be adding Melody Zen to the list of optional channels before the end of this month. In all, Freebox TV offers over 150 linear channels as standard and the ability to receive a further 150 optional channels, as well as a number of video-on-demand platforms (Free Home Vidéo, Canal Play, TF1 Vision, M6 Vidéo, Vodéo, I*Concerts, Frissons).

Free (owned by the Iliad Group) has not released subscriber figures for its IPTV service 'Freebox TV', while its sister company Alice had around 150,000 subscribers for its own French IPTV service 'Alice TV' at the end of last September, according to figures from Informa Telecoms & Media.