Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile Czech Republic has announced plans to enter the country’s mobile TV market space, despite its recent decision to shut down its DTH service. A report from Digizone says the operator will launch its Mobile T-Mobile TV service later this month, initially on a trial basis offering around ten as yet unnamed TV channels and available to the first 10,000 subscribers on any of its monthly contract tariff plans. With an on-demand video library scheduled to be added at a later date, the cellco confirmed that Mobile T-Mobile TV will be accessible via both Android and iOS devices.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, earlier this month T-Mobile CR announced it will close its Czech TV service on 30 November. The operator released a statement confirming that existing TV customers will be able to port their subscription to the Skylink service operated by M7 Group without any additional cost. For its part, Skylink also noted that T-Mobile TV subscribers will not need to change or modify their equipment to receive its service, and that prices and terms and conditions will remain the same. T-Mobile CR is the leading mobile operator in the Czech Republic, with more than 5.9 million accesses at 30 June 2014. However, its decision to exit the local TV market marks a major shift in the Czech DTH market. Skylink – including sister company CS Link, into which it has now been merged – is the market segment leader, with other providers including UPC DTH’s freeSAT and DIGI TV.