Zurich (ots) - Teleclub and cablecom agreed to cooperate. The two
companies will work together to promote and disseminate Teleclub's
digital pay TV services. From June 2007, Teleclub's digital TV
services will be available on cablecom's digital TV platform. The
products will be promoted jointly. The services are available to the
subscribers of both companies.
Cablecom and Teleclub AG reached an agreement on 11th October
2006. On the basis of this agreement, the two companies will in
future co-operate in the field of digital TV. From June 2007,
Teleclub's digital services will be available on cablecom's digital
TV platform. Sales and customer subscription divisions will also be
consolidated. Therefore, from summer 2007, cablecom will also promote
Teleclub's services and conclude subscription contracts for Teleclub.
The co-operation signals the end of long-standing differences between
the two companies with regard to the distribution of Teleclub's
fee-paying services. A limited selection of Teleclub's services has
been available on cablecom's cable network since December 2002 via
Teleclub's set-top box. This restriction no longer applies.
Customers of both providers will benefit
For cablecom customers, the new co-operation will significantly
improve the range of digital TV services. Teleclub provides 17
channels with a comprehensive range of programmes and an excellent
film programme that broadcasts 360 TV premieres each year as well as
feature films, children's programmes, documentaries and also numerous
specialised channels. A broad range of sports programmes are also
provided: in addition to football (Axpo Super League, German
Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League) and the Swiss National Ice Hockey
League, other sports such as golf will be broadcast live. From summer
2007, cablecom customers will only need one set-top box, available
both with and without a recording function, to access these services.
Existing Teleclub subscribers to the cablecom network will
continue to access Teleclub services via their set-top box. However,
now they can subscribe to all 17 channels. Additionally, cablecom
digital TV provides over 130 TV, radio and audio channels. From June
2007, the combined range of services (including cablecom digital TV)
will be disseminated via cablecom's digital TV platform.
Working together to develop the growth of digital television
The CEO of Teleclub, Stephan Sager, is very pleased with this
development: "This co-operation is in the interest of all of our
customers. Now they can enjoy the entire range of our services via
the cablecom cable network as well as having access to our attractive
and exclusive pay TV service providing films, documentaries, TV
series and sports programmes."
Rudolf Fischer, Managing Director, cablecom: "Cablecom has
provided digital TV since 1999. The co-operation with Teleclub is an
important step towards the digitalisation of television in our cable
network. In future, cablecom customers can access not only the broad
range of services provided by cablecom digital TV but also
high-quality pay TV programmes with digital image and sound quality.
And since our motto is 'plug and play', all customers will benefit
from our easy-to-use products."
Teleclub AG has been the leading provider of franchised pay TV in
Switzerland for over 20 years. Since 2001, it has provided a
comprehensive service of digital programmes which now comprises 17
channels. In addition to a feature film channel, broadcasting around
360 television premieres each year, the services also include further
film channels with film highlights, film classics, science fiction
films and Disney Channel. Current TV series, a detective series
channel, and specialised channels with documentaries on nature, the
environment, animals, health and history are also provided. The
service is completed with a comprehensive and exclusive range of
sports programmes on three channels.
Cablecom is Switzerland's largest cable network operator, offering
its customers quadruple-play products in cable television, broadband
Internet, mobile and fixed-network telephone services. Cablecom also
supplies voice, data and value-added services for business customers.
In addition, cablecom provides cable network companies with plant
engineering and construction, as well as application and transmission
services for television, telephone and Internet. The company's own
nationwide network (one of only two in Switzerland) supplies 14 of
the country's 16 largest cities. Cablecom is an international
subsidiary of UPC Broadband, the European cable network group of
Liberty Global Inc.
ots Originaltext: Cablecom
Cablecom Media Relations
Stephan Howeg, Head of Media Relations