FreeWire TVCable & Wireless and IPTV platform company Inuk Networks have announced a new a $140 million IPTV deal. Inuk Networks will be extending the reach of its IPTV solution into the residential marketing as a supplier of multichannel television for UK consumers.

The deal enables the rollout of Inuk’s Freewire TV service over the Cable & Wireless nationwide multicast network and sees C&W as the first operator to deliver a national IPTV service via broadband. This is also the UK’s first converged IPTV, VoIP and broadband service

Key points of the deal are:

  • C&W will be first to deliver a national IPTV service – Inuk’s Freewire television service (www.freewiretv.com)
  • The deal is worth £70 million over five years
  • C&W will be able to offer Inuk’s IPTV platform to its wholesale DSL customers
  • Currently Inuk’s triple play service is available on the JANET network to UK students – with 40 universities representing more than 100,000 rooms now signed up.

More About FreeWire TV

  • FreeWire TV adds another new competitor to Sky (the UK’s DirecTV) along with Virgin Media.
  • A quick look at the FreeWire TV Guide showed the regular FreeView channels — so nothing new there.
  • Pricing appears to be free – at least for the IPTV service.
  • You can simply download an application to your PC to watch FreeWire TV (if the service is available in your area). Windows XP only unfortunately.
  • Pricing for an unmetered broadband account with FreeWire is £20 ($40). I don’t yet know if the same pricing will be used for the new C&W venture.
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