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Belgacom to deliver IPTV to Samsung TVs?

Belgium’s Belgacom has become the latest European telco to ponder replacing the set-top box with connected TVs, with local reports suggesting that negotiations are already well underway with Samsung.

According to Belgian newspaper De Tijd, Belgacom CEO Didier Bellens has indicated that subscribers to the telco’s IPTV service ‘Belgacom TV’ who purchase a new Samsung TV will be able to return their set-top boxes at the end of this year.

Samsung has already agreed with Scandinavian telco TeliaSonera to deliver managed IPTV services to Samsung’s Smart TVs for customers in Estonia, Sweden and Finland.

Elsewhere, French telco Bouygues Telecom has signed an agreement with Intel to deliver its IPTV service to a range of Intel-based devices including PCs and tablets, and US telco Verizon has introduced an app for LG Smart TVs that gives access to 75 linear channels from its ‘FiOS TV’ service.

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