Beijing IPTV subscribers expects to reach 2.6 million at the end of 2011 (Xinhuanet)

7 September 2011 18 h 16 min 0 comments

As of July 2011, IPTV subscribers have reached 1.7 million in Beijing, ranked first among other cities in the mainland China. It is expected that IPTV subscribers will top 2.6 million at the end of this year. Research shows that 96% of people support the popularization of IPTV.

Beijing, one of the trial cities for tri-networks integration, plays an important role in the promotion of high definition IPTV. In 2009, Beijing government declared to develop projects on the development of high definition technology, and to popularize high definition IPTV in 3 years as well as to promote HD set-top boxes to 2.6 million households. These projects was organized by Beijing Municipal Bureau of Radio, Film and Television and executed by Gehua Cable.

Gehua Cable, is the only enterprise to execute the trials for tri-networks integration. It has a huge user base and a broad network system in China. By June 2011, Gehua Cable has 4.6 million total subscribers, including nearly 3 million DTV users and approximately 1.7 million HD IPTV users. The numbers of total subscribers, DTV users and HD IPTV users ranked top in the nation. As for the reconstruction of network, Gehua Cable launched a bidirectional network construction plan to facilitate the development of new network and to better control the quality and progress. It plans to finish the network coverage in urban areas in 2011 and strive for building up the network in rural areas covering 0.8 million households.

Gehua Cable has already finished the construction of a video-on-demand platform for 2.6 million households as well as the first phase of IBOSS management platform. A payment system for TV programmes is also established with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank to ensure the proper operation of programme requesting and payment processing.

SOURCE: Xinhuanet (September 6, 2011)

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