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March 05, 2014

Skitter TV Partners with DCN to Provide Advanced TV Services in North Dakota

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

Skitter (News - Alert) TV, a provider of converged media services over broadband and IP networks, recently announced that Dakota Carrier Network (DCN), a statewide fiber network serving multiple broadband service providers, has selected the company’s advanced digital video services platform to provide advanced TV services in North Dakota.  The Skitter TV platform will now be available to DCN service providers, allowing them to provide a converged mix of TV programming for North Dakota TV subscribers.

In a statement, Robert Saunders, CEO at Skitter TV, said “We are very excited to bring our broadband networks in combination with local channels to offer consumers in North Dakota a great alternative TV service. We will launch this service with a great line-up of entertaining, educational, informative and inspirational television programming.  It's a line-up we are expanding almost daily.”

The Skitter TV platform is designed to consolidate local broadcast channels with the growing number of cable programming channels and deliver them to the devices that customers demand. The solution looks to help video service providers address the growing trends of illegitimate access to TV programming such as ‘cord-cutting’ and ‘cord-shaving’.

Seth Arndorfer, CEO at DCN, said “Our broadband service provider members have been seeking a way to offer their subscribers an alternative to increasingly expensive cable TV service. With Skitter TV, our members will be in a position to offer lower cost TV packages that includes content that's important to their customers, while improving their margins and profitability for video.”

DCN member companies currently serve more than 164,000 customers, providing voice, video and data services. Under this new agreement with Skitter TV, these subscribers will now have access to a wider range of TV programs, providing a wider choice for entertainment at a reduced cost.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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