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Vodafone's TV service will launch later this year, according to the company's CEO.

Speaking to analysts on a conference call, Vittorio Colao said the service would launch "later in calendar 2016". He didn't give any more details as to specifics of the service.

He did say that it would enable Vodafone to compete more effectively against BT, which he said would be expected to step up its efforts against multi-play competitors following its acquisition of EE.

Vodafone announced its TV service back in 2014. It was expected to launch in November 2015, but was delayed until March this year at the latest. Judging from Colao's comments, it seems like it'll launch in the summer at the earliest.

Vodafone launched a TV service in Ireland last month. It's a similar proposition to EE TV, with free-to-air digital terrestrial TV, seven-day catch-up, live restart and wireless multiroom so you can watch live TV and recordings on a mobile device.

The Irish version also has Netflix.

Vodafone offers Now TV Entertainment Passes with some 4G mobile contracts, so speculation is rife that its TV offering will include some Sky channels. But nothing is confirmed so far.

Source: Digital TV Europe

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