Buckeye Broadband and MaxxSouth, two cable operators owned by Toledo, Ohio-based Block Communications, have deployed app-based video services powered by Evolution Digital’s full IP-based platform.
Centennial, Colo.-based Evolution Digital, which announced deployment of its IP video solution with Missouri’s Vast Broadband last month, would not confirm the client deployments.
But an individual with knowledge of MaxxSouth TV and Buckeye’s StreamTV said the services—which deliver IP content to popular mobile and OTT and mobile devices, sans proprietary set-top—are based on the Evolution Digital technology.
Evolution Digital’s eVue-TV content delivery system provides residential and business customers with app-based access to hundreds of linear channels, video on demand, network DVR and pay-per-view programming through platforms including Apple TV, iOS and Android Mobile. Apps associated with the platform are playable on Evolution Digital’s proprietary Android TV powered eStream 4K devices.
Buckeye, for example, is advertising a StreamTV bundle that includes the Big Four broadcast networks, along with around 26 basic cable channels. Households can have four streams at once, on a 4K-capable, Android TV-powered eStream set-top branded “Jetstream,” or on an Apple TV device. Viewers can also use iOS and Android-powered mobile devices.
Tier 2 & 3 operators are turning to robust IP-based video platforms offered by vendors including Evolution Digital, TiVo and MobiTV, as new video technologies such as 4K and app-based viewing emerge, but the will to handle major headend and CPE upgrades for video wanes.