UPC Nederland has confirmed the launch of CI Plus in the country and set April 26 as the launch date. The news from the operator follows a premature announcement from Sony that UPC certified their 2010 and 2011 Bravia TV sets.
UPC supplies the CI Plus modules and smart cards for rent only – at the same price as the digital TV offer with the UPC set-top box, €5 monthly for the basic digital tier and €10 for the extended digital bouquet – plus the basic cable TV subscription price (around €17 a month).
So far, UPC has certified TV sets from LG, Panasonic, Philips and Sony with Samsung to follow soon. The operator will publish an up-to-date list of certified sets on their website (Broadband TV News will provide the link as soon as the list becomes available).
The CI Plus module and smart card can be ordered online via the UPC website and via a number of selected retailers.