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Hutchison unrolls OTT service in Austria

CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd.'s Austrian unit Hutchison Drei Austria unrolled 3TV, a multiscreen over-the-top platform, in the country, Broadband TV News reported Dec. 14.

Subscription to the service costs €7.90 per month, with the option to cancel monthly. Users will get the first month's subscription at no cost, and will be able to watch programming on two devices simultaneously. Customers of Drei postpaid or prepaid can activate the service through their mobile phones. The programming can be streamed through all Austrian internet providers, according to the report.

The platform is reportedly available through an app, which is available across various smart TV brands, Amazon.com Inc.'s Fire TV, Apple Inc.'s Apple TV, Alphabet Inc.-owned Google Inc.'s Chromecast, and smartphones and tablets running on iOS or Android. Users can also get access through their browsers on PCs and laptops.

3TV has 40 channels, which include large public and commercial TV networks from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, with seven channels in HD, according to the report. Users can record content from all channels with a cloud-based virtual video recorder. The recorded content will be available for viewing for up to seven days after broadcast.

Hutchison Drei plans to add more features in early 2017, which will include instant restart, pausing and a video-on-demand service.