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Ziggo to offer Italian channels via Horizon

Liberty Global-owned Dutch cable operator Ziggo is to add an Italian package to its Horizon advanced TV service.

The TV Italiano package will include Rai Uno, Rai Due, Ri Tre, Rai Storia, Rai News 24 and Mediaset Italia. The move follows agreements signed with pubcaster Rai and commercial broadcaster Mediaset for the launch of the six-channel strong service.

Ziggo TV Italiano will be available on the Horizon platform via an app from September. Content will be available on TV only. Viewers will not be able to access the six channels via their tablets or smartphones.

Earlier this year, Ziggo launched a French package – Ziggo TV Française – with eight channels.

Ziggo’s chief commercial officer Peter Dörr said that response to the Francophone package had been enthusiastic and that he hoped to launch more foreign channel packages in the future.