Espial has announced that Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC), a provider of high-speed Internet, digital TV, telephone, and commercial services in Minnesota and Wisconsin, has expanded its affiliation with Espial to offer App-based IPTV and OTT services to set-tops, mobile phones, tablets, and streaming players including Roku.
“Espial’s Elevate platform enables us to offer a seamless experience to our customers across set-top boxes and consumer owned devices.” said Jim Kronebusch, Vice President of Technology & Engineering of HBC. “It also allows us to streamline our customer service and support operations with the use of a single cloud-managed platform for our Cable, IPTV and OTT services.”
“Hiawatha is recognized in the Pay TV industry as a leader in technology innovation and advanced service offerings. We have worked hard to earn their trust with our current Cable solution, we are excited that they have placed their trust in us once again to deliver these App-based IPTV offering to their customers across all delivery networks and devices,” said Matt James, Espial’s vice president of North America sales. “That is the unique value of the Elevate platform: Operators can blend traditional cable services with new IP and App-based services very quickly without losing control of their network or brand identity. And they can do it with minimal up-front investment.”