Wednesday, March 21, 2007

IPTV in Latvia -at long last?

It looks like Lattelecom will launch IPTV for ordinary TV viewers at long last. The company is holding meetings to finalize its pre-launch and launch activities on March 21. First, it will offer connections (modems and decoders) to a broader range of testers ( I have been asked :)), then the service will be made available to the public, probably just after Easter, that is, mid-April. It looks like the offering will be a do-it-yourself kit available, perhaps, at retail outlets or by mail/courier. Considering the disastrous state of the Latvian Postal Service (which has hopelessly clusterf**ked its new periodicals delivery systems, filling the data base with garbage addresses and running a desperate shortage of mail delivery staff at the same time), I would prefer picking up my FIUY* kit at a hypermarket or electronics store.
Lattelecom promises 40 channels of IPTV with the possibility of turning off the Russian soundtracks that have been added, by default to great channels like Discovery by other cable TV operators. I shall soon see and report...

*F**k it up yourself (what did you think? :) )

3 comments:

Kristaps Kaupe said...

There is no such a thing like "default Russian soundtracks" for digital cable TV (e.g. Baltkom). You can choose preferred audio and subtitle language for channels like in DVD player.

Juris Kaža said...

Kristap,
On digital, you are right. But analog, these channels are Russian only :(.

Donald Rumsfeld said...

FIUY - good one. If you came up with it first you should patent it. Or at least get credited with it in wikipedia.