Dakota broadband operators add on managed IPTV

Michelle Clancy | 06-03-2014

Dakota Carrier Network (DCN) of North Dakota has selected Skitter TV's advanced digital video services platform to help its ISP members deliver IPTV to customers across the state.

DCN, a state-wide fibre network serving multiple broadband service providers, will make the Skitter TV platform available to its service provider members, thus enabling the delivery of a converged mix of television programming, including national and local channels. These will be bundled in low-cost packages that can be viewed via a Roku streaming device or similar over-the-top (OTT) set-top box.

Formed in 1996, DCN member companies serve more than 164,000 customers across 244 communities with a diverse mix of broadband, video and telecom services.

"Our broadband service provider members have been seeking a way to offer their subscribers an alternative to increasingly expensive cable TV service," said Seth Arndorfer, CEO of DCN. "With Skitter TV, our members will be in a position to offer lower cost TV packages that includes content that's important to their customers, while improving their margins and profitability for video."

Skitter TV's platform allows for the integration of local broadcast channels with a growing number of cable programming channels, it said.

"We are very excited to bring our broadband networks in combination with local channels to offer consumers in North Dakota a great alternative TV service," said Skitter TV CEO Robert Saunders. "We will launch this service with a great line-up of entertaining, educational, informative and inspirational television programming. It's a line-up we are expanding almost daily."