TDS Telecommunications (TDS), the seventh-largest telecom provider in the US, is upgrading its IPTV platform and switching its middleware from Minerva to Microsoft Mediaroom.
With the Microsoft Mediaroom platform, customers of ‘TDS TV’ will get more than 260 all-digital channels (including HD), video-on-demand, and pay-per-view, picture-in-picture channel surfing, instant channel change, and a Whole Home DVR.
“This is great news for customers, especially our customers who have been with us since we launched in 2008,” says Tony Bugher, market manager for TDS. “The new Microsoft platform offers more functionality, especially when it comes to the DVR.”
The new platform’s Whole Home DVR links up to eight TVs together in a home, allowing customers to pause a show in one room and resume it in another, watch and manage recordings from any TV in the home, record up to four shows at once, and store 400 hours of SD programming.
Since first introducing TDS TV in Farragut and Mt. Juliet (Tennessee) in 2008, TDS has invested US$ 25-30mn in deploying the service in other regions of the country, including Georgia, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
TDS Telecommunications has over 1.1mn access lines in service and delivers communication and entertainment services to rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across 31 states.