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Consolidated Communications deploys Entone’s video gateway for new IPTV services


Hydra typically resides with the primary television or home entertainment center, providing the full breadth of video interfaces including coax, composite, s-video and component video.

Entone Technologies, a provider of personal video content delivery solutions, has announced that Consolidated Communications is deploying its Hydra IP video gateway to support the telco’s IP television (IPTV) service launch.

Consolidated Communications is the 15th largest telephone company in the U.S., with approximately 245,000 access lines throughout Illinois and Texas. The company has provided telecommunications services to its communities for more than 100 years and offers a triple-play service bundle of voice, video and data.

The Hydra IP video gateway can deliver up to three independent television channels to any combination of up to six television sets. In-home video distribution is performed using a home’s existing coaxial cabling and no additional set-top boxes are required at the various televisions throughout the home.

Hydra typically resides with the primary television or home entertainment center, providing the full breadth of video interfaces including coax, composite, s-video and component video. Installation of other televisions simply involves plugging the television into the coax jack. No new wiring and no additional set-top box required.

In addition to Entone’s Hydra IP video gateway, Consolidated is also using Entone’s StreamLiner network video recorder (NVR) based on HP’s server hardware to support its video on demand (VOD) services.

Consolidated Communications’ IPTV deployment also includes headend equipment from Tut Systems, Myrio middleware from Siemens SURPASS Home Entertainment solutions and content protection from Verimatrix.

For more information, visit www.entone.com.

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