Windstream has submitted a formal bid for a cable TV franchise agreement that will pave the way for the company to offer its IP-based Kinetic TV service to about 50,000 homes spanning 13 communities in North Carolina.
The bid with the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, announced last week, includes a plan to offer IPTV on the telco's fiber network to areas that include Albemarle, Badin, China Grove, Concord, Harrisburg, Hembry Bridge, Indian Trail, Kannapolis, Mathews, Mooresville, Mt. Pleasant, New London and Ontario.
Charter Communications is the incumbent cable operator in most of those areas.
Windstream’s Kinetic TV service is powered by Ericsson Mediaroom (Ericsson acquired Mediaroom from Microsoft in 2013), and features an HDTV lineup for no added charge, a whole home DVR that can view and record up to four shows at once, a wireless set-top box, and support for Windstream’s TV Everywhere apps for smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Windstream has already launched Kinetic TV in Lincoln, Neb.; Lexington, Ky., and Sugar Land, Texas.