CenturyLink debuts 1Gbps Prism TV, Internet in Portland

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 14 May 2015

CenturyLink has rolled out IPTV in Portland Ore. Prism TV will deliver 1Gb broadband service as well, pre-empting Google Fiber's plans to enter the market.

"We are continuing to deliver on our promise to be a technology leader in Portland and we're pleased to offer new, innovative technology to our Portland customers with the release of our Prism TV services," said Darrion Bowers, CenturyLink vice president of operations for Oregon and southwest Washington. "Unlike other television services in Portland, Prism TV delivers a digital connection to the home, providing a combination of interactive features and more HD channels than cable and satellite."

Advanced features offered by Prism TV include a wireless set-top box (STB), whole-home DVR, a mobile app for watching programming at home or on the go, video-on-demand (VOD) and an app centre for accessing social network sites.

"A competitive TV service has become one of the defining characteristics of a technologically progressive market, and GPI is proud to support CenturyLink for helping the Portland area claim this distinction," said Janet LaBar, president and CEO of Greater Portland Inc. "We're confident that the new Prism TV service will not only impress the public, but also improve the lives of community members."

CenturyLink is also looking to take on Comcast's cable television service in Seattle with fibre-fed IPTV. The telco, which is testing its Prism TV service in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighbourhood and the city of Seattle, told the Puget Sound Business Journal that it has begun talks with CenturyLink to hammer out a franchise agreement for the service.