Thursday, January 04, 2007

The mailman might bring IPTV in Latvia

It doesn't sound credible with the Latvian Post Office in the middle of a huge clusterfuck regarding delivery of newspapers and periodicals , but Lattelecom's upcoming IPTV on regular television sets service may be delivered as a do-it-yourself kit. The kit will include a Motorola decoder and, probably, a new DSL modem with extra Ethernet ports for attaching the decoder plus software or some gadget to split the signal between ordinary broadband and the IPTV bitstream.
This should be on the market by the end of Q1 2007 and one option will be to have it delivered by mail, once the customer has signed a contract to either lease or buy the decoder and the service. Several thousand Lattelecom DSL connections were sold as do-it-yourself kits at supermarkets, and this was apparently a success. However, the decoder will, initially, be a high price-tag item that one is unlikely to put in a shopping cart (the DSL kit was around LVL 25) so it may be delivered by a mail babushka or more likely, a courier service like DHL.

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