Paraguayan telecoms operator Copaco launched its long-delayed IPTV service in Asuncion this week, after experiencing myriad technical problems. According to local press reports, the USD25 million product launch was initially expected to materialise on 15 December 2011, only to run into unspecified problems. A second date, 2 March 2012, also passed without fanfare, although this delay was blamed on premium US TV provider HBO, which deemed Copaco’s IPTV system vulnerable to piracy.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Copaco’s new triple-play service will be priced at PYG299,200 (USD64.8) per month, with free installation for all customers. Alongside 54 IPTV channels, the telco will also offer a video-on-demand (VoD) service, with movies priced at roughly USD3 apiece. The official product launch is expected to take place at the Mariano Roque Alonso Trade Show, which is being held between 7 July and 22 July. Copaco director Nilton Amarilla has revealed that the company has purchased 11,000 decoders which it expects to sell within three months of launch.