Epic expands its offering with fresh new TV service

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Epic has announced the launch of Epic TV, a multiscreen IPTV platform launched in conjunction with Zattoo, Europe’s number 1 TV streaming provider.

The new TV service is a first for Epic in Malta and builds on similar launches by Epic’s shareholders, in Ireland, Switzerland, and Monaco.

Epic TV allows customers to enjoy a complete home service package

The TV add-on is available free from 2-year commitments.

Epic has launched Epic TV, a multiscreen IPTV platform launched in conjunction with Zattoo, a pioneer in TV streaming and Europe’s leading service provider. This service is a first for Epic in Malta and builds on similar launches that the company’s shareholders have implemented in other European markets with Zattoo’s award winning solution.

This latest offering further highlights Epic’s determination to bring a fresh approach to a market, and heralds great news for TV viewers here, given that the market has not seen the introduction of a new TV service in almost two decades. Presently customers can choose Basic, which offers very few channels and choice, or premium packages, crowded with filler channels that are hardly used, meaning customers are paying for unwanted channels. As from this month, Epic customers have more choice for the cost of a basic package and will no longer depend on other local TV providers for this service.

Epic’s CEO Pierre Etienne Cizeron said, “This is another exciting milestone in Epic’s ongoing journey to being a multi service customer-centric provider. With EPIC TV, we’re giving users real choice, better service, lower prices and faster speeds…right into their living room.”

Epic TV is available in one simple package, offering 39 live TV channels, which means customers will be getting more channels than they currently get on a basic package. Epic TV is also tapping into its global DNA, and has partnered with global names in the TV space – such as Discovery, Eurosport, and BBC , amongst others, in order to offer customers much more than the standard local and Italian channels. It is designed to sit side by side your favourite content streaming apps, a truly open platform where customers can access their favourite apps such as Disney and Netflix, alongside the best of Maltese, Italian and international channels.

In addition to offering more choice at better value for customers, the TV service includes add-on features such as replay, a seven-day catch-up, up to 100hrs of recording at no extra cost, and HD streaming. The service also comes with a simple user interface that is easy to access, use and watch, with channels grouped in categories, making the search for content as smooth and fast as possible.

TV by Epic is the name of the dedicated app, available from the App store and Google Playstore. Customers can watch the service through multiple devices at the same time. The TV add-on is available free from 2-year commitments, and customers can benefit from the launch offer which includes Epic TV and Epic Fibre at a basic cost of €6.99 for the first six months.


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Consider women’s issues when asking about pregnancy, MEP Josianne Cutajar asks

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In a recent post on her Facebook page, Labour MEP Josianne Cutajar appealed for the public’s sensitivity when asking women about pregnancy or children.

Cutajar stated that while some ask genuinely or due to the fact that it is culturally common for women to have children around their thirties, one must understand the impact of such a question.

The MEP asked her followers to stop and think about the impact such a question can have on women who have infertility problems, mental or physical health challenges, domestic violence or other issues.

“Let’s keep in mind how many women have dreams that they cannot commit to, and how each and every woman, beyond the caps they wear – of mothers or carers, partners, housewives, professionals – have one identity which unites them with the others, that of a person.”

Cutajar explained how she has not had children yet by choice, due to her profession and other logistic challenges which make such a step difficult before going on to highlight the impact of asking such questions to women.



‘Period locker’ with free pads, tampons & liners introduced at University of Malta

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'Period locker' with free pads, tampons & liners introduced at University of Malta

This scholastic year, the University of Malta will start having a ‘period locker’ with pads, tampons and liners, free of charge for all students.

The locker comes as a result of a collaboration between Kunsill Studenti Universitarji (KSU) and VJ Salomone Marketing – both of which encouraged students to keep others in mind and take only what they need due to limited stock.

The locker will be regularly monitored to ensure equity for all students in what is a major step forward in provided comfort and support to University of Malta students.


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The loan amount without interest on the 10% deposit will increase

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The government announced that for first-time buyers, the loan amount without interest on the 10% deposit will increase. The Minister for Social and Affordable Accommodation, Roderick Galdes, made the announcement today, stating that the government has fulfilled its election promise to strengthen this scheme, which will help more people become home owners.

Under the new scheme, the maximum deposit that the Housing Authority is willing to cover will be raised from €17,500 to €22,500. This means that first-time buyers who qualify for this assistance will now be able to acquire a property worth up to €225,000. The initiative aims to help first-time buyers who are under 40 years old and are eligible for a bank loan on property but do not have the liquidity required to pay the required deposit of 10% upon signing the agreement to become home owners.

In addition to the loan amount increase, the government offers other assistance programs to first-time home buyers. These include a stamp duty exemption, a grant of €15,000 if the property is in the heart of a village in Malta, or €30,000 if the property is in the heart of a village in Gozo, and a grant of €10,000, with a payment of €1,000 per year over a period of 10 years.

The CEO of the Housing Authority, Matthew Zerafa, applauded the government’s efforts to strengthen the scheme. He said that the work of the Housing Authority does not stop with the introduction of new schemes but consistently continues to see how they continue to be strengthened over time. He also stressed that the scheme has already helped more than 200 families become home owners and that they will continue to reward courage and ensure that the scheme can meet the necessities of the coming years.


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