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Costa Rica's public telecom company Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) has launched an IPTV platform in the country.

The system had already been tested in some parts of the country, but will now be available in every house.

The platform, called Kölbi hogar TV, has 87 television channels - seven of which are in HD - 11 pay-per-view channels and 49 audio channels. The service allows viewers to interact with the television, customise the offer and personalise user accounts.

The signals are received at ICE by satellite and then data packages are sent through the Internet to the customers. The system includes the usual features of an IPTV service. It is possible to record content – up to 70 hours of HD content – and forward or rewind selected programmes.

An Internet package is not required in order to receive Kölbi hogar TV but it costs $32 for the regular version and $40 for the HD version.

Some customers have already reported that houses further than a kilometre from the local broadcasting station are having problems receiving the IPTV signal.