Vodafone Germany has announced the official launch of its hybrid television service, Vodafone TV. The service is based on the company’s ‘Vodafone TV Center’ box, which allows customers to receive analogue cable and digital satellite channels alongside Vodafone TV’s IPTV offering, Videothek, available over its DSL network. The box, which comes with a 320GB hard drive, will automatically select the best possible reception. The UK-based company’s starter package offers 50 television channels plus twelve High Definition (HD) channels. It is available as a triple-play package bundled with broadband access at download speeds of up to 16Mbps and unlimited calls to domestic fixed lines for EUR39.95 (USD54) per month. CommsUpdate reported that Vodafone stopped marketing its ADSL-based IPTV service to new customers in August 2009 and began preparing a new TV offering, comprising a hybrid technology of cable, satellite and IPTV. The company opted for an initial low-key launch with several hundred customers on 1 December 2010 in order to test the system with different platforms during real-time operations.