14 May Start-up firm wants to bring IPTV to rural areas
Westby, Wis. – Robust Internet protocol television (IPTV) video service can be prohibitively expensive for a single telephone company to build on its own, so three independent Wisconsin telecommunications providers are joining forces to start Midwest Video Solutions.
The new company said it will provide IPTV “headend” services to other telecom companies for the provision of video services in rural areas. IPTV, a digital television service, is delivered through technologies used for computer networks rather than over traditional broadcast or cable formats.
The three companies, Midwest Telnet of Westby, Tri-County Telcom of Strum, and Wisconsin Independent Network of Eau Claire, will provide the facilities required for deploying high-end video services to subscribers.
They plan to coordinate video signals from two downlink facilities, which will be located in different geographic areas, and transport the aggregated streams to other providers.
The video streams will be provided over a redundant fiber optic network, and offer more than 200 channels of TV and digital music, including an high-definition channels.
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