Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Telecom Launch IPTV Service in Shanghai
"Compared with the testing networks of 100,000 users in other provinces, the network of the Internet protocol TV service in Shanghai will cover Minhang District and Pudong New Area where millions of people live.
The IPTV service will charge 60 yuan (US$7.42) a month, said Shen Hongbo, assistant to the general manager of Shanghai Telecom. But during the sales promotion before March, people will pay only 30 yuan a month to get the service. Shanghai Telecom will also give free set-top boxes to people who subscribe now.
The companies are trying to reach 10,000 subscribers within the year and expand the network to cover the whole city in the middle of 2006.
The IPTV can offer live broadcast channels, interactive services and information services. It has 50 live broadcast channels and more than 1,000 hours of video-on-demand programs including weather broadcasts, traffic and restaurants information."
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