According to local news portal ABC.com.py, state-owned Paraguayan telco Copaco is poised to launch its long-delayed IPTV service on 2 March, with the latest delay blamed on premium US TV provider HBO, which deemed Copaco’s IPTV system vulnerable to piracy. According to Copaco commercial manager Nilton Amarilla, HBO intends to send representatives to Paraguay this week in order to carry out a technical verification of the encryption processes currently being used.
In related news, NexTV LatAm reports that Copaco’s pending triple-play service will be priced at USD63 per month, with free installation for all customers. Alongside 53 IPTV channels, Copaco will also offer a video-on-demand (VoD) service, with movies priced at USD3 apiece. In addition, triple-play subscribers will benefit from free calls to other Copaco fixed lines. However, in contrast to the previously-stated download speeds of 8Mbps, broadband will now be offered at 640kbps (rising to 1Mbps during off-peak hours).