German service provider M-net will tomorrow launch a new version of its IPTV service, TVplus, including a range of channel packages, cloud storage and a 4K set-top box.
M-net, which serves homes over fiber in Bavaria, will offer a basic package including a free HD commercial streaming service with features such as cloud recording and storage of content, time-delayed playback and Pay-TV offers that customers can take a la carte.
The service is offered via a 4K box and subscribers can access it from €12.90 per month.
Recordings can be viewed on multiple devices from the c
strong. All customers receive storage space for 50 hours of content at no additional cost, which can then be expanded on demand.
The TVplus service will be extended to cover more than 200 digital TV and radio channels, according to the company. The company said it will add additional packages, including movies, series, sprots and factual offers, as it becomes available. It will also offer channels in foreign languages, with all thematic and linguistic services bookable via the web.
The company offers the service via a new set-top with Bluetooth remote control and ultra-fast zapping. Up to three boxes can be ordered at a time, but users can also use the IPTV offer via apps on different devices, with the service available on iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast.
Additional decoders are available for €5 per month on top of the base fee of €12.90. Cloud storage can be upgraded to 100,200 or 300 hours for €3.50, €6.50 or €9 respectively.
Additional pay TV packages are available for €6.90 each or in groups for €19.90
Existing TVplus subscribers will also be migrated to the new box in the coming months.
M-net has tapped German IPTV technology specialist Ocilion to deliver the new service, with headend infrastructure provided on-premises rather than in the cloud. A self-service portal will be implemented during the second quarter, from where users can provision and modify their plans.
“With all its additional functions and significantly higher performance, the new M-net TVplus proves to be perfectly suited for the future of television,” said Wolfgang Wallauer, Head of Residential Customers and Housing Industry at M -net.
“Television habits will continue to develop in the years to come in the direction of use independent of place and time. With TVplus, our customers already have all the possibilities to enjoy television flexibly – and with impressive picture quality.