MCTV Streams Netflix to Set-Top Boxes

Integrates OTT service with ‘Fusion’ Multi-Room DVR platform
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MCTV said it has integrated Netflix on its Fusion multi-room HD-DVR platform, which is based on Arris-made boxes that run Espial’s Elevate system.

Like similar Netflix integrations, MCTV doesn’t handle billing of the OTT service but requires that customers have an active Netflix account and take the operator’s high-speed internet service.

MCTV’s Fusion offering teams Arris media gateways and set-tops (including the MG5225 and the MP2000, MP2050, MP2150 and IP815) with Espial Elevate, which is derived in part from Espial’s acquisition of Arris’s Whole Home  Solution (and Moxi UI) last year.  

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Massillon, Ohio-based MCTV serves more than 47,000 homes and business in Stark,  Wayne, Summit, Holes and Tuscarawas counties.

“MCTV continuously offers more options for an enhanced experience to our customers,” Robert Gessner, president of MCTV, said in a statement. “More now than ever, people want more and they want it at their fingertips. Simplifying access to Netflix content is just another example of MCTV’s ongoing commitment to adapt to the needs of our customers by going the extra smile.”

MCTV joins other MVPDs that have integrated Netflix at the set-top, a group that includes Comcast (for its X1 platform), other Espial partners, several of TiVo’s MSO customers, Liberty Global, and, of recent note, Verizon Fios.

RELATED: Verizon Puts Netflix on Some Fios TV Boxes

Earlier this year, MCTV announced it had also teamed with Espial on an IPTV effort for the operator’s cable RF and fiber IP customers, a move that soon followed MCTV’s plans for “Excellerate,” an FTTP initiative that will see a GPON network overlay the company’s existing HFC plant.

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