TriCounty Telecom uses Enton for 'hybrid TV' service

TriCounty Telecom's IPTV subscribers in Eastern North Carolina soon have access to a hybrid-TV service that combines broadcast-TV and OTT and cloud-based services.

TriCounty is using Entone's FusionTV software to add the additional multimedia layers to its traditional-TV package as it expands its FTTH network in "several communities" in its serving area.

"Our communities rely on us to provide them with the best-in-class services (and) we need a solution that will allow us to cost-effectively deliver the best of linear TV and OTT services across our entire network," TriCounty Telecom CEO and General Manager Greg Coltrain said in a statement.

That solution is being provided by Entone, which is delivering its FusionTV product to power hybrid-TV delivery throughout several communities in the TriCounty footprint.

Fusion TV, Coltrain added, "offers a richer and more compelling service than any other standalone OTT solution" and that will allow TriCounty to "meet our subscribers' growing appetite for OTT services while adding advanced cloud-based applications that further enhances our IPTV service."

FusionTV integrates with IPTV middleware and digital rights management (DRM) systems and allows TriCounty to update its Entone Hybrid TV set-top boxes via a software download.

The OTT element is part of an ongoing relationship between TriCounty and Entone that has "yielded encouraging results for all parties involved," Entone CEO Steve McKay said in the news release. "The differentiated user experience of FusionTV provides the timeliness of traditional live broadcast television with the voice and flexibility of OTT services. It's a superior user experience for the consumer that creates a more enduring relationship with the service provider."

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