Broadstream to Distribute Turner Nets to Telcos

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Broadstream Communications Inc. has inked a deal to deliver several Turner Broadcasting System Inc. networks to small telecommunications operators, the Bellevue, Wash.-based outsourced-video-headend and content-distribution and management-service provider said Monday.

Broadstream said the pact makes it the first “authorized transporter” of Turner’s entire lineup of linear networks throughout the U.S., including Boomerang, Cable News Network, CNN Headline News, CNN en Espanol, CNN International, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and Turner South.

“Delivering content from well-known and well-trusted brands is key to providing our customers the best possible TV experience. This agreement with Turner enables us to add significant value to our telco customers — specifically in areas of high interest including, kids, news, and entertainment,” Broadstream CEO Anthony Bontrager said in a statement. “The power of combining best-in-class content with our outsourced head-end, content distribution, and management services cannot be underestimated and heightens our competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

The service will be delived over Broadstream’s “IPTVConnect” platform, the company said.

“Our deal represents a substantial reduction in cost-of-entry for small Telcos desiring to deliver digital video and create competitive bundled service offerings,” said Turner Network Sales vice president of distribution and technology Mike DeHart in a statement.

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