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Telco bows Web TV in Spain

Offerings include 40 channels, interactive services, VOD

Giant Gallic telco France Telecom launched Spanish Internet TV operation Wanadoo on Tuesday.

Wanadoo TV’s offerings includes some 40 channels, interactive services, a programming guide and video-on-demand content.

Service’s basic lineup — some 20 channels, including VH1, Real Madrid TV, Euronews and Bloomberg — is free for current clients of Wanadoo’s ADSL and fixed-line phone service. They pay E36 ($46.30) per month for these two services.

For a mini-bouquet of niche channels — Fox, AXN, Paramount Comedy, MGM, Cartoon Network, MTV and Discovery Channel figure in various offers — they have to pay $14.20 more per month after three free months.

Wanadoo TV offers VOD for pics, docs, children and adult entertainment. It has so far tapped films from indie distributors including Spain’s Filmax.

In its first phase, service has launched in the cities of Madrid, Valencia and Zaragoza, reaching 1.6 million households. Wanadoo estimates some 7 million homes will be covered by year’s end.

Internet TV has more than 250,000 subscribers in Spain, driven by local telco giant Telefonica’s service Imagenio, which soft-launched in 2004. More recent offers are Grupalia’s Superbanda and Jazztel’s Jazztelia TV.

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