German fixed line operator Arcor has commenced the wide-scale market introduction of its IPTV package. Arcor-Digital TV is available in 51 cities and towns with immediate effect, the German subsidiary of the UK’s Vodafone Group has announced. The service, which is distributed over Arcor’s ADSL broadband networks, comprises more than 50 free-to-air channels, more than 60 pay-TV channels and an online video library with more than 500 films, series, documentaries, music concerts, children’s programmes and erotic films available. The basic package is available for EUR9.95 (USD14.34) per month. Premium packages with sport, entertainment and foreign channels can be subscribed to for an extra fee of between EUR5.95 and EUR22.95 per month. The IPTV set-top-box, which connects the television set with the ADSL line, costs EUR49.95, and a one-off set-up fee of EUR49.95 is required. Arcor-Digital TV is marketed by Arcor as a triple-play offering in connection with internet access and a telephone line. An ADSL connection with a data rate of at least 6Mbps is a prerequisite. The internet and telephone package with this capacity currently costs EUR34.95 per month. The IPTV package was first trialled in May this year in the city of Kassel. Arcor is the third German telco to offer IPTV, following in the footsteps of Telecom Italia subsidiary HanseNet (which launched in May 2006) and incumbent Deutsche Telekom (October 2006).