Hiawatha Broadband Communications Inc. (HBC), a Minn.-based FTTH “quadplay” services provider, is trialing Amino’s Freedom Jump over-the-top (OTT) media center as part of its quest to provide new entertainment experiences to its 20,000-strong customer base.? ?

Working with platform partner aioTv, Amino says Freedom Jump can deliver a new layer of content that can be blended seamlessly with HBC’s existing branded user interface, thus allowing viewers to access additional OTT content, including movie-on-demand services, catch-up TV, Internet music and social networking.? 

How are things going so far? “We strive to deliver the very best in entertainment to our customers, and we have had very positive feedback on this latest innovation,” notes HBC Executive Vice President Dan Pecarina. “We are very community focused as a company and see OTT as a means to expand and extend both the breadth and depth of local content alongside our existing strong commitment to our customers.”? 

HBC serves communities in southeastern Minnesota, providing telephone, Internet, video and wireless offerings to residential and business customers. The company serves the greater Winona area and St. Charles with hybrid fiber-coaxial networks; Lewiston, Minneiska, Rollingstone, Stockton, Utica, Plainview, Elgin, Dover, Eyota and Wabasha have a FTTH infrastructure. The company will complete construction of FTTH networks in Red Wing and Lake City this summer.?

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