Announcing Virgilio+, the exclusive netsurfing, communications and entertainment environment for paying TIN.IT subscrivers and Alice customers

12/17/2002 - 00:00 PM

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New services: advanced search-enabled communication, video calls, antivirus and antispam protection, remote disk storage, photo albums, address book and personal calendar
 

Exclusive new content: news, finance, music, film and TV, gaming, junior

Seat PG increasingly implementing innovative services as a strategic driver for business growth

From today, paying Tin.it customers and Alice subscribers have access to exclusive new services and content through Virgilio+. A link to Virgilio+ from the Tin.it and Virgilio home pages allows user access by logging in under the ID and password belonging to their main e-mail address.

Following on from the success of Virgilio’s listing service (Pagine Gialle online advertising), which in five months has accumulated 35,000 paying customers, and the recent complete overhaul of its home page, the launch of Virgilio+ sees the roll out of an innovative websurfing, communications and entertainment environment that combines the best of Tin.it’s services with content from Virgilio, Italy’s number one portal with 11.5 million unique users per month.
In November Virgilio posted growth of 38% in pageviews and 49% in users compared with the same period in 2001.

NEW COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

Tin.it is offering its customers and Alice subscribers a brand new range of highly innovative and advanced communications services: advanced multi-device communication is available with Virgilio+, as is remote disk storage, making it possible to set up a veritable “virtual office” accessible from any Internet-enabled point.
Virgilio+ offers video communication, mobile phone interaction, the option of listening to e-mails by phone, 50MB of remote disk storage space for documents, downloads and personal files, photo albums, a calendar with reminders sent out to mobile phones or by e-mail, an address book that synchronizes with Palm and Outlook, and free fax reception. File and photo sharing capabilities are soon to be added, and in the near future new services integrating the Internet and mobile telephony with Telecom Italia services will be rolled out.

Virgilio+’s major new services include “Video calling”, which allows users to set up video calls to as many as three other people at any one time.

Catering to user demand for email security, Virgilio+ email services have built in antivirus/antispam protection. Virus control undertaken on the central server automatically protects mailboxes.

NEW CONTENT

Tin.it’s technological know-how and Virgilio’s publishing expertise have led to the development of a platform of exclusive Internet entertainment content for Virgilio+.

News features prominently: Virgilio+ “News” offers video on demand, television news broadcasts from the La7 channel, and radio news bulletins and select local news programming in rebroadcasting mode; a real-time ticker displays world news, and provides an exclusive keyword search facility (for example current affairs, sport and finance), enabling users to set up a personalized press clippings service on their own PC.
Virgilio+ “Finanza” offers real-time stock exchange listings.
Virgilio+ “Play!” features the best in online gaming (available in Java, Flash and Streaming versions), with dozens of game demos and full versions that can be played without having to download the games onto the user’s system.
Virgilio+ “Musica” tunes users in to Digital Stereo broadcasts from a selection of radio stations, provides access to MTV Live concerts and offers MTV Television in multicast mode.
Movie lovers will enjoy Virgilio+ “Film e TV”, an exclusive co-production with Film TV, offering access to thousands of trailers, hundreds of soundtracks, Italian and international shorts and access to hundreds of thousands of movie posters and stills.
The platform is rounded off by a children’s section, Virgilio+ “Junior”, which plays exclusive host to the latest version of the Disney Blast site, which is packed with games and cartoons, and to Cartoon Network’s well-known cartoons, broadcast on Stream and Tele+ satellite TV, available here in streaming mode and on demand.
Virgilio+ also features “Play! Gold”, a gaming add-on with 15 full version games that can be played in streaming format, including many of the most popular games around (this add-on is free of charge until 31 January).

Virgilio+ subscriptions start at just 4.95 euros per month for “Tin.it Special” dial-up customers, and 12.95 euros per month for ADSL customers on “Tin.it ADSL Tempo” or “Alice Time” (prices inclusive of VAT).
Virgilio+ subscriptions may also be taken out by customers of other ISPs/OLOs: customers simply need to sign up with “Tin.It Special” and then they can access the services simply by logging in, even if their initial access is via another provider.