During a press conference in Brussels, the Belgian MSO Coditel said it will integrate the company into the French operations from Altice – Numericable; both companies share the same owners, private equite firms Cinven and Altice, through the Ypso holding company.
The operator claims that this way it can bring all the benefits and new developments in France to the 135,000 subscribers in Belgium, mainly in the Brussels area.
As a direct result, a number of new channels will be offered on the Belgian networks. They include Vivolta (aimed at a mature audience aged between 45 and 65 years), Ma Chaine Sport (health, fitness, but also live football from the French Ligue2 Orange, the series A -D1 Italy and the Superliga – D1 Portugal), as well as the short film channel Short TV.
As reported earlier in Broadband TV News, Coditel will also offer two more HD channels – the Flemish culture-based cExqi and HD1, both from Euro 1080. Sometime next year, the operator will also offer 100Mbps broadband access. (Please see the next edition of New Television Insider for a portrait of the Belgian Coditel operations.)