United Communications is using the Total Access 5000 broadband platform from Adtran to upgrade its fiber and copper network to deliver high-bandwidth triple play services to its subscriber base in central Tennessee. With more than 20,000 access lines deployed, United Communications now can deliver Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services, including video, voice and data…Amazon.com Inc. inked a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution to add such TV shows as “Fringe” and “The West Wing” to the Prime Instant Video catalog, giving Prime members and Kindle Fire customers exclusive access to titles previously unavailable. Customers who aren’t Prime members get a free one-month trial of Prime, and all Kindle Fire customers get a free month of Prime…Rural telecom provider Hood Canal Communications in Washington State is upgrading its video network to be fully digital using RGB Networks products, including the Video Multiprocessing Gateway to downconvert HD feeds to SD; the Broadcast Network Processor for statistical multiplexing, transrating, grooming and ad splicing; the Simulcast Edge Processor for edge decoding; and the Modular Media Converter for ASI-to-Gigabit Ethernet conversion…Buckeye CableSystem chose the Azuki Systems Media Platform to deliver new VOD for TV Everywhere to Android tablets and smartphones, Apple iPhones and iPads, IPTV STBs and gaming consoles…TriCounty Telecom is using Entone’s FusionTV solution to power hybrid TV services throughout eastern North Carolina. FusionTV is integrated with IPTV middleware and DRM systems, and TriCounty Telecom subs now can access VUDU’s streaming library and such Web apps and services like Facebook, Flickr, Pandora, Twitter and YouTube.

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Cable Pioneers Headed to Primetime

With the pandemic putting a kibosh on the annual Pioneers’ banquet, the 22-member class will be inducted via a ceremony carried on C-SPAN 3 Dec 4 at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

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