TriCounty Telecom rolls out Entone hybrid TV in N.C.

Michelle Clancy | 24-07-2012

Eastern North Carolina's TriCounty Telecom has selected Entone's FusionTV to power the delivery of hybrid TV services, which combine traditional broadcast TV with over-the-top (OTT) content and cloud-based services.

The implementation allows TriCounty Telecom to deliver a differentiated pay-TV service that increases average revenue per user (ARPU) and subscriber satisfaction.
For over 57 years, TriCounty Telecom has been a leader in providing a comprehensive portfolio of communications services to several communities across eastern North Carolina. To continue with its track record of providing innovative services to its customers, TriCounty Telecom has recently embarked on an ambitious FTTH build to support advanced IP services.
"Our communities rely on us to provide them with the best-in-class services," said Greg Coltrain, CEO and GM of TriCounty Telecom. "We need a solution that will allow us to cost-effectively deliver the best of linear TV and OTT services across our entire network. Entone's FusionTV offers a richer and more compelling service than any other standalone OTT solution. We can now meet our subscribers' growing appetite for OTT services while adding advanced cloud-based applications that further enhances our IPTV service."
FusionTV is integrated with leading IPTV middleware and digital rights management (DRM) systems. With a software update to Entone's hybrid TV set-top boxes, TriCounty Telecom subscribers can access VUDU's streaming library of more than 50,000 titles and popular Web applications and services like Facebook, Flickr, Pandora, Twitter, YouTube and more.
The win is the latest in a string of deals Entone has cemented with rural and regional carriers in the United States.
"Our partnership with TriCounty Telecom has yielded encouraging results for all parties involved," said Steve McKay, CEO of Entone. "The differentiated user experience of FusionTV provides the timeliness of traditional live broadcast television, with the choice and flexibility of OTT services. It's a superior user experience for the consumer that creates a more enduring relationship with the service provider."