Consolidated Communications Holdings launched its Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service, called Digital Video Services (DVS), in Conroe and Katy, Tex., following a rollout of DVS in the company’s systems in Illinois.
DVS in Texas will be delivered over the existing telephone infrastructure, the company said. Consolidated is using Hydra video gateways and Streamliner networked video software from Entone (now part of Harmonic); headend equipment from Tut Systems; Myrio middleware from Siemens SURPASS Home Entertainment solutions; and content protection from Verimatrix.
The initial Texas DVS launch will pass more than 37,000 homes in the Conroe and Katy areas. The company plans to roll out DVS service in nearby Lufkin in 2007. Consolidated Communications claims approximately 239,000 local access lines and 46,000 DSL subs.