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Vodafone Germany to launch advanced TV platform

Vodafone Germany in February will roll out GigaTV, a new advanced television platform, over the former Vodafone Kabel Deutschland GmbH cable network, Digital TV Europe reported, citing Bild magazine.

Launching this month, GigaTV will come with a 1TB hard drive, which will also show content in Ultra HD. GigaTV will be available via a set-top box on cable for a monthly fee of €14.99. An app-only platform for streaming to multiscreen devices will cost users €9.99 a month. Subscribers to either variant will be able to receive up to three streams simultaneously, according to the Feb. 2 report. Users can get HD services for an additional monthly fee of €9.99, while the premium package will cost €19.99 each month.

The service will integrate linear television, on-demand videos, streaming services' apps and multiscreen content access through tablets and smartphones. Users will reportedly be able to access Deezer S.A.'s music service, Maxdome's SVOD service, 55 on-demand portals, along with about 5,000 film titles and Sky plc's pay TV services, according to Vodafone Germany CEO Hannes Ametsreiter.

The company plans to roll out new features for GigaTV, including streaming features via Alphabet Inc.-owned Google Inc.'s Cast and Apple Inc.'s Airplay and the ability to control the service through Inc.'s personal assistant Alexa.