A new television service has been announced in the US by over-the-top (OTT) provider Unity Telecom, which combines free-to-air programming with DVR capabilities and cloud-based services.
Unity Telecom has selected Californian firm Entone to provide its FusionTV solution for the new service, which will be distributed through a nationwide network across the US of over 3,500 retail locations.
In addition to live TV, the service will also include the VUDU video-on-demand library of over 50,000 titles, and more than 50 popular web applications such as photo sharing from Flickr and Picasa, and social networking from Facebook and Twitter.
“Unity Telecom is dedicated to providing next-gen broadband solutions,” said Chuck Schneider, President and CEO of Unity Telecom. “Entone’s FusionTV stands in stark contrast to other broadband TV models that defy the FCC and broadcast industry. With FusionTV, we steer clear of legal grey areas concerning broadband TV solutions.”
These “grey areas” appear to be a reference to rival startup Aereo, which redistributes broadcast content via IP to smartphones, tablets and televisions with Internet connectivity, and which is currently facing a number of lawsuits in New York City filed by network owners Fox, Univision and PBS.