Jazz: the revolution will not be (directly) televised

21 May 2010

Jazz Telecommunications (Jazztel), one of Spain’s largest alternative broadband providers, has announced that it is terminating its ‘Jazztelia’ IPTV service, Cinco Dias reports. The telco said that it had made the decision following an internal study and extended discussions regarding the product. Jazztel will halt offering new subscriptions to Jazztelia, although it has said it will continue to support the service for existing subscribers ‘at least for the short term’. Despite the decision, it is understood that the operator does not intend to exit the IPTV sector entirely, and it is expected that it will now look to utilise an agreement it signed earlier this month with pay-TV company Digital+ that will enable it to continue selling TV packages indirectly.

Jazztel’s decision to discontinue its own service is believed to stem from an underwhelming uptake of the service, and according to the report since launching its own IPTV offering in 2006 the operator had signed up just 11,000 customers by the end of 2009; by comparison, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica had 703,000 IPTV subscribers at that date.

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