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Belgacom TV, subsidiary of the Belgacom Group, provides Digital TV (IPTV) services over its own IPTV Platform in Belgium. It was launched in the summer of 2005.
Belgacom TV is distributed with a DSL solution. This IPTV service was originally distributed over ADSL which later evolved to ADSL2+. More recently, the Broadway Project started providing fiber to the street cabinets and VDSL2 from the street cabinets to the home. By increasing bandwidth and evolving from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 AVC compression, Belgacom TV currently offers high definition television to a large number of Belgian households.
Like satellite broadcasts, and unlike cable distributors, the distribution of Belgacom TV is not limited to a certain municipality or province. On December 2008, coverage of Belgacom TV was 86.6% of all Belgian households, and High Definition TV was available to 64%.
At the end of March 2013, there were 1,412,000 Belgacom TV subscribers, including the so-called "dual stream" subscribers.
A few months just before the launch of Belgacom TV, on 9 May 2005, Belgacom Group took the whole market by surprise when it acquired the broadcasting rights for the Jupiler League (Belgian Football League).
Technology and reception
Customers must purchase or rent a PVR-HD IPTV set-top box and subscribe one of the three Basic TV packages.
- Belgacom TV Comfort
- Belgacom TV Favorite
- Belgacom TV Intense
Content and services offering
(TV channels) Belgian free-to-air television channels (national and regional) such as
Free to air television channels of other European countries.
- United Kingdom (BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four)
- France (TF1, France 2, France 3)
- Germany (ARD, ZDF, RTL)
- Netherlands (Nederland 1, Nederland 2, Nederland 3)
International television channels (free to air)
International television channels (free to view)
Gender-based premium thematic packages
- Kids (French/Dutch)
- Entertainment (French/Dutch)
- Factual and Documentaries (French/Dutch)
- Sports and Lifestyle (French/Dutch)
- Nostalgie (French only)
- Music and Culture
Premium and pay-per-view sports
Belgacom Sports Multi-Live 10
(Catch-Up TV and Video on Demand) Catch Up TV services are offered from the following television channels
- RTL Television
- VRT television channels
Other on-demand content
- Movies from European and other independent publishers
- Hollywood movies, including latest cinematic and same day DVD releases
- Belgian soccer (Jupiler League) matches on demand
- Kids Pass (kids content on demand)
Content discovery services: