More Rural Telcos Deliver IPTV From NRTC

The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) has announced that more of its telco members are signing on to deliver the Cooperative’s programming for Internet Protocol television (IPTV).

Among the most recent to begin delivering IPTV programming through NRTC are BTC Communications, in Nahunta, GA; FrontGate Networks, in Fort Meyers, FL; Mountain Rural Telephone Cooperative Corporation, in West Liberty, KY; and Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, in Walterboro, SC.

NRTC’s distribution agreements include rights for telcos to deliver the programming in IP and analog formats over copper, fiber or coaxial cable. In addition to the rights to high-definition (HD) services, NRTC has also acquired rights to these channels’ video-on-demand (VOD) services, when available.

NRTC and the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) partnered in 2007 to offer rural telcos a complete programming selection for IPTV. The offering includes over 350 video and audio channels, including more than 80 channels of HD programming. (For more, click here).

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