New pay TV service Igloo almost ready
Igloo will decide whether to take its discount pay-television service off ice at a meeting this morning after claiming to have largely sorted out the technical issues with its set-top boxes that have delayed its launch.
Chief executive Chaz Savage said it would make a call today on whether Igloo was ready for prime time, or whether there would be a further delay, after evaluating the results of an external trial with 37 customers.
"It is 98 per cent there. Is the box good enough in some people's eyes to launch right now? Absolutely. Is that my viewpoint? Yes, on some days, some days, not. It will be determined by this consumer feedback we get," he said.
Igloo is 51 per cent owned by Sky Television, with Television New Zealand holding the remainder of the joint venture.
Savage scotched rumours it had delayed the launch from its original target of June out of a concern that its British-supplied set-top boxes could gather information that would be of use to marketers about customers' viewing habits and internet use, if connected to the internet.
He said the claims had been published in an online forum and were fabrication.
Igloo's $200 set-top boxes will be capable of receiving all free-to-air channels, 11 pay-television channels for a monthly fee of $25 and pay-per-view sports, without being connected to the internet.
But broadband will be required to order pay-per-view programmes and movies. They can also be used as free-to-air Freeview decoders with no pay-TV charges.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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