fiber optic network operator Exaring AG launchedits IPTV platform named waipu.tv, Broadband TV News reported Sept. 30.
Waipu.tvoffers access to more than 50 channels on television and mobile devices, withTV viewing initially available using Google Inc.'s Chromecast. Support for 's Amazon Fire TV andApple Inc.'s Apple TVto be enabled by the end of 2016.
Customerswho want to use waipu.tv will need to have fiber broadband services from any ofExaring's partner telcos, including Deutsche Telekom AG, Freenet, NetCologne, Telefónica Deutschland GmbH, and 's German unit.Live program pausing and a cloud-based virtual video recorder for contentarchiving are some of the features on offer.
Waipu.tv'sportfolio includes channels from public broadcasters ARD and , and .
The serviceis available in Free package, which offers 26 SD quality channels,€4.99-per-month Comfort package, which offers 52 SD channels along with programpause function and 10 hours of content storage capacity, and €14.99-per-monthPerfekt package, which includes 52 channels in HD, the pause function, 50 hoursof content storage and the mobile TV service.
Exaring isplanning to add Ultra HD services for waipu.tv, as well as expand the latter'slineup to more than 100 channels in early 2017, according to the report.
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