The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said Monday that it would begin offering 85 digital television channels and video on demand in Escazú, Santa Ana, San Pedro de Montes de Oca and Rohrmoser.
The service would be offered via the Internet and the company’s fiber optic lines. The company, known as ICE, said it is the first to do this via a system called Internet Protocol television.
Eventually the area of coverage for the service would be expanded, the company said.
Also included would be seven channels of high definition television.
The service is being called Kölbi TV Digital, after the company’s brand name used for cell telephones. Many cell telephones have Internet capacity. The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said that the basic package would cost $38 a month and $45 for the high-definition option. Customers also would have to have an Internet connection with the firm. For an additional $4, a second television set can be added to the package.
The company with this service goes into competition with the cable television providers like Amnet and Cable Tica.