Comcast Cable-owned Comcast Technology Solutions has launched a managed terrestrial distribution service designed to support the rollout of services by pay TV operators across the US.
Large numbers of regional operators currently use Comcast Technology Solutions for content acquisition and distribution via a satellite-based managed service that has been in place for decades.
The new terrestrial service is designed to help operators reduce expenses and provide a path to IP video, according to the comapny.
MTC Cable, based in Margaretville, New York, is among the first operators looking to benefit from the new Managed Terrestrial Distribution service.
According to Comcast Technology Solutions, the service enables operators to cut costs by reducing headend infrastructure costs, gives them access to upgraded technology through Comcast’s significant ongoing investment in advanced infrastructure, supports a hybrid-IP approach and gives them access to a broader channel line-up.
“Operators across the U.S. are seeking ways to be more cost-efficient, maximize their Internet network investments, and strengthen the economics of their pay-TV businesses. While satellite delivery remains critical for the foreseeable future, our new Managed Terrestrial Distribution service offers operators a terrestrial-based alternative to help them reduce expenses, get the most out of their broadband investments, deliver enhanced services, and evolve towards an IP video delivery architecture. At Comcast Technology Solutions, we have seen the effectiveness of this approach firsthand, and we are excited to offer similar capabilities and advantages to our operator customers nationwide,” said Allison Olien, VP and general manager of the communications and technology provider suite at Comcast Technology Solutions.
“MTC Cable is committed to continuous innovation in delivering the best possible TV, Internet, and voice services to our customers throughout the Central Catskill region of New York. We spend a considerable amount of time and resources maintaining satellite equipment, and certainly recognize the potential value of migrating to a terrestrial-based approach. We are delighted to be working with Comcast Technology Solutions to leverage their new Managed Terrestrial Distribution service and explore new ways to deliver a high-quality video experience, while reducing operational costs and positioning ourselves for the future,” said Glen Faulkner, general manager of MTC.
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