Windstream applies to bring its Kinetic TV service to North Carolina

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
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50,000 households in 13 communities throughout North Carolina will be able to sign up for the fiber-backed entertainment service

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, submitted a formal bid on a cable TV franchise agreement with the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State to bring its Kinetic television service to more than 50,000 homes, primarily across 13 North Carolina communities. The bid is part of Windstream’s ongoing effort to introduce faster Internet speeds and new technologies to customers.

Leveraging a 100 percent fiber-backed network, the total entertainment option will give users a wide array of features and the highest quality video entertainment. The more than 50,000 eligible residents will span communities that include Albemarle, Badin, China Grove, Concord, Harrisburg, Hemby Bridge, Indian Trail, Kannapolis, Matthews, Mooresville, Mt. Pleasant, New London and Oakboro.

Powered by the Ericsson Mediaroom platform, Kinetic delivers an innovative user experience by coupling fast, high-quality, interactive television with highly desirable features including:

• High Definition (HD) at no additional charge: Get the TV you love on the stations you know, many included in HD;
• Free Whole Home DVR: Watch and record up to four shows at once. Pause & play live TV;
• Wireless Set Top Box: Watch TV in any room without worrying about cable ports;
• Video On-Demand: Watch shows and movies from an extensive library of on-demand programming;
• Instant Channel Change: Surf channels with no lag between channel changes;
• Kinetic On The Go: Watch your favorite shows from anywhere using your computer, tablet, laptop or smartphone.

North Carolina, which includes the 13 communities that will have access to the service, will be the fourth Kinetic market following successful launches over the last two years in Lincoln, Neb.; Lexington, Ky., and Sugar Land, Texas.