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Cable Technology Feature Article

June 03, 2010

Duncan Cable Selects EchoStar's ViP-TV to Deliver HD Video Services

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

EchoStar Satellite (News - Alert) Services, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, recently announced that it has signed an agreement to deliver its ViP-TV service to Duncan Cable TV in Vermont. With the help of ViP-TV-connected headend, Duncan Cable is able to deliver over 45 popular high definition TV channels.

Over 2,800 residents and businesses in Southern Vermont are benefited from Duncan Cable's video services. With this agreement, Duncan is able to use a platform that would enable it to deliver competitive HD video services using its current IP network.

Cliff Duncan who is the owner of Duncan Cable TV said that 'ViP-TV's IP-encapsulated, high quality HD channels easily integrated with our IPTV (News - Alert) SDV solution, allowing us to expand our range of programming. It cost-effectively fulfills our need for both HD and IPTV, giving us a competitive edge in the marketplace.'

This new ViP-TV solution from EchoStar provides safe delivery of over 250 accepted, broadcast-quality TV and music channels in Internet protocol MPEG-4 format.

Vern Smith who is the Senior Vice President at EchoStar and General Manager of ViP-TV said that 'EchoStar's experience and skill sets provide a unique opportunity for cable operators to upgrade services while minimizing the costly investment in HDTV. Deploying with ViP-TV reduces the time to market and risks while allowing operators like Duncan to focus on customer service.'

EchoStar Satellite Services L.L.C is the provider of a reliable network available for aggregation and distribution of video, audio and data nationally and globally. Apart from that, it offers the ViP-TV platform which provides IPTV solutions. EchoStar stands for a major source of Ku-band and Ka-band satellite capacity and spacecraft operation services. It has access to 10 satellites, ground-based teleport facilities, and an expansive terrestrial U.S. backhaul network along with 24-hour Satellite Access Centers. EchoStar leverages over 25 years of experience and innovation in broadcasting to provide satellite services for video transport, IPTV, and digital cinema distribution.

Duncan Cable is based in Wilmington, Vt. It has been entertaining the residents of Southern Vermont with its traditional cable television services for more than 38 years.

Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard