United Services selects Entone FusionTV for hybrid TV-OTT service

Michelle Clancy | 10-04-2013
United Services Inc, a subsidiary of United Electric Cooperative (UECI), has selected Entone's FusionTV platform and Kamai Hybrid Media Player to power the delivery of advanced video services under its United Fiber brand.
UECI is building a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in rural Missouri which enables high-bandwidth services that combine traditional TV with online over-the-top (OTT) content for an integrated entertainment approach.
Kamai blends linear TV and Web content using a single, seamless user interface, with access to an array of OTT services, including VUDU, social media apps like Facebook and Twitter, photo sharing via Flickr and Picasa, and Internet radio from Pandora.
"As demand and customer expectations for new and advanced video services accelerates, we are continually looking for products that help meet that demand and keep our community on the cutting edge," said Darren Farnan, chief development officer of United Electric. "The integration of the Kamai Hybrid Media Player into our advanced FTTH network is the type of product that meets these growing expectations and ultimately helps us drive subscriber growth and revenue."
The Kamai 500 series is a platform for decoding popular video formats, including MPEG-4 (AVC/H.264), MPEG-2 and VC-1, as well as advanced audio formats and transcoding capabilities. To further aid service providers, the Kamai 500 series offers enhanced features such as carrier grade 5.4 GHz Wi-Fi and adaptive bit-rate (ABR) streaming.
"As the industry continues to shift towards a fusion of linear TV and OTT services, service providers are seeking a cost-effective approach to deliver a unique entertainment experience to their customers," said Steve McKay, CEO of Entone. "We are pleased to partner with United Fiber as they look to differentiate their video services."