Ihug Digital TV service via a set-top box will start at $39 a month, with a $99 set-up fee.
Other solutions add high-speed Internet to the mix, using either a PCI card ($199 set-up, $85 monthly), a set-top box with an Ethernet link to the customer's home PC ($199 set-up, $99 monthly) or the company's own Super System lounge PC ($199 set-up, $135 monthly). All solutions use a small satellite dish pointed at Auckland's Sky Tower.
The rates are listed on the IDTV Website at http://www.ihug.co.nz/idtv, which was originally due to launch last Friday but was held up over design issues. Ihug customers can now pre-register for the service, which from May 10 will offer nine "quality TV" channels, including Discovery, CNN and BBC World, and 30 channels of pay-per-view movies priced between $3 and $6 each.
Ihug has built a small TV production studio into its Newton Road premises and it appears local programming, possibly in conjunction with partners from the broadcast industry, is on the agenda for later in the year.