Both Freebox TV and Neufbox TV are adding new channels to their IPTV line up in France, the operators have announced. Bouygues Telecom is adding widgets to its Bbox.
Free is adding a ‘pack Arabia’ with five channels for €5.99 a month, comprising of Melody Aflam, Melody Drama, Moga Comedy, Al Hayat TV and Al Aan TV. The operator is also bringiung three new channels to its basic bouquet: a lifestyle channel for men and two regional broadcasters, Calaisis TV (for the region of Calais) and TéléMiroir (for the region around Nîmes and the Camargue).
Neuf is adding four channels to its entry-level bouquet, Men’s Up TV, 0Five.TV, a multicultural music channel, and the regional channels Calaisis TV and Mirabelle TV (for Lorraine).
In addition, the gay channel X-Man is added as an option, available at €9.00 per month; or in combination with Pink TV for €13.00 monthly.
Bouygues Telecom is introducing seven widgets to its Bbox, which will be accessible by accessing the [email protected] service. The line-up consists of weather from Météo France; traffic information on V-Trafic; TF1 News, Eurosport sports news; Closer brings gossip and news about people; Boursier.com for financial news and stock quotes and Elle Astro predicts the future. The new services will launch this October.
The widgets are possible due to an update of the boxes by Technicolor. The company earlier this month announced the development of a new TV user interface for the Bbox customers and new software for the Technicolor DBI 8500 set-top boxes used by Bouygues. The DBI 8500 set-top boxes are used by all Bouygues Bbox triple- and quad-play ADSL and IPTV customers. The update makes new services, such as widgets and a DLNA media centre, possible.