Orange has done it again, introducing great mobile solutions but restricting them to France.
Over the Channel, Orange iPhone users will have access to 60 TV channels, live, in high definition quality, over the 3G network.
The application itself will be free from Apple’s store, whilst several of Orange’s tariffs will incorporate unrestricted access to the service itself. For those without the relevant tariff, an add-on can be purchased for 9 euros per month.
Navigating the channels takes full advantage of the iPhone’s interface. They can be browsed in a Coverflow fashion, and double tapping the screen will bring you out of the full screen view to access details of the programme, or alternative options.
Since Orange don’t have the iPhone contract in the UK it’s unlikely that this service will appear on our shores any time soon, making this, and the strength of the euro, two of the strongest reasons to decamp la Francais.