IPTV is now only a fraction of what service providers are delivering across their networks. As technology and consumer preferences change, is the term "IPTV" approaching the point where it will be about as accurate as the old "CATV?"
Local officials are hoping that CenturyLink's impending Prism TV service launch in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, Neb., along with metro Omaha, will ignite a price competition with incumbent cable providers Cox Communications and Charter Communications.
CenturyLink is ramping up its Prism TV IPTV launch in the Phoenix market--where it competes with incumbent cable operator Cox Communications--and is hiring 90 field technicians to make it happen.
CenturyLink has continued to follow a pattern that's become as familiar to telcos as it's become alien to incumbent cable operators: It added 10,000 subscribers to its Prism TV service during the fourth quarter and now has 115,000 IPTV subs throughout its footprint.
IPTV is tough if you're a hardened jingoist. How can you wave a flag and chant USA!, USA! when the majority of IPTV activity is taking place outside the United States?
CenturyLink is ready to move its Prism TV IPTV service into Phoenix, CEO-President Glenn Post said during a third quarter earnings announcement Wednesday.
CenturyLink got a boost from its broadband and Prism TV IPTV services even as it reported a decline in profit for the second quarter as legacy wireline business continued to decline.