Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom has launched its internet protocol television service (IPTV) in 13 cities and counties. The service, which first launched in March 2004 in Taipei City and Taipai County as Multimedia-On-Demand (MOD), will now be called Big TV.
Chunghwa secured just 50,000 subscribers due to a shortage of set-top boxes. According to the Taipei Times, the telco is now due to deliver a batch of 400,000 boxes by the end of August, and aims to end 2005 with 200,000 subscribers to Big TV.
The Taipei Times said a shadow hung over the future of Big TV since the government was still to decide whether telecoms companies can offer media services.
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