September 15 launch for KPN’s live iPad service
15.46 Europe/London, August 23, 2011 By Robert Briel

Dutch incumbent telecoms operator KPN has announced it will launch its live iPad service on September 15. The service will be known as Interactieve TV Online and free to subscribers.

The service will be available on both iPad and on laptops and work only in the home, using a local Wi-Fi router. KPN explicitly said it will not be possible to watch the channels outside the home.

Initially there will be 20y channels available, but KPN hopes to add more in the future. The line-up will consist of Nederland 1, 2 and 3, RTL 4, RTL 5, SBS 6, RTL 7. Net 5, Veronica/Disney XD, RTL 8, National Geographic, Humor TV 24, NOS Journaal 24, 13street Universal, CNN, BBC World News, TV5, SlamTV and kids channels JimJam and Studio 100 TV (the last two only available to subscribers to the Kids Pack).

Apart from the live streaming of 20 channels, the service will also include pause live TV on the iPad and catch-up TV and VOD on the laptop. So far, the on-demand services are not available on the iPad.

A short demo of the new service can be seen on the KPN website (Note – the website is available in Dutch only)