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Coditel bundles HD with DTV packages

Steven Kim

In an approach that seems awfully familiar to many cable subscribers here in the US, Belgian cable provider Coditel has put its HD offerings into DTV baskets. Ah yes, the beauty of not-so á la carte tiers. Monthly prices seem fairly comparable to what we see as well: the starter package with five HD channels comes in at €14, adding in National Geographic HD and HD1 moves the price northward to €20 and for €7 you can get Disney Cinemagic HD. Add in the rental fee on the PVR cable box, and you get the picture -- this is no Freeview! From the reports we've seen, Europe is experiencing some problems with take-off. Is this a case of untapped market opportunity or a lack of a market? Overseas readers, let us know!

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