TivÃ¹ Sat delivers over half a million smart cards for MHP set-top boxes
TivÃ¹ Sat has shipped over half a million smart cards to DVB-MHP set-top box manufacturers for the Italian free-to-view satellite platform after just four months of operations. Â In a statement the HotÂ Bird-delivered platform said it had dispatched 570,000 cards, some 270,000 more than had been anticipated. TivÃ¹ Sat went live in August 2009,Â immediately causing controversy when public broadcaster RAI withdrew some of its channels from the Sky Italia pay-TV platform, which has struggled to add new subscribers over the last six months.
The 570,000 figure compares favourably with the UKÂ¹s Freesat, which took 18 monthsÂ to reach 600,000 households, though the French TNTSat was installed in 1 million homes after 16 months of operation. It should be remembered that the TivÃ¹ Sat figures refer to shipmentsÂ and not installations.