Entone FusionTV enables United Fiber to offer TV and cloud services

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 
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CUPERTINO, Calif. — Entone, Inc., a leading provider of Hybrid TV and Connected Home solutions, today announced that United Services, Inc., a subsidiary of United Electric Cooperative (UECI), has selected its FusionTV solutions to power the delivery of advanced video services under its “United Fiber” brand.

United Electric Cooperative is building a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in rural Missouri, offering access to one of the most advanced high-speed broadband services available anywhere in the country. The massive bandwidth provided by United Fiber enables services that combine traditional TV with online (OTT) content for an integrated entertainment experience.

As part of Entone’s FusionTV solutions, Kamai Hybrid Media Player enables United Fiber to offer subscribers a differentiated video experience that blends linear TV and over-the-top (OTT) content using a single, seamless user interface. The Kamai 500 series provides 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 demands 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 provides a powerful and flexible 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 5.4GHz Wi-Fi and Adaptive Bit-Rate (ABR) streaming to help reduce installation time, cost and complexity.

“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.”

Links: Entone; United Electric Cooperative