Midco taps Vecima for IPTV transition

Oct. 7, 2020
Regional internet and cable provider Midco has selected MediaScaleX, Vecima’s unified video delivery platform, to power its next generation IPTV solution, MidcoTV. MediaScaleX will enable a wide range of IPTV functionalities for Midco.

Vecima Networks announced on Sep. 30 that regional internet and cable provider Midco has selected MediaScaleX, Vecima’s unified video delivery platform, to power its next generation IPTV solution, MidcoTV.

The companies note MediaScaleX will enable a wide range of IPTV functionalities for Midco, including VOD, Linear, Start Over, Catch-Up TV, and nDVR. Midco says the new investment amplifies its leadership position as an internet service provider serving over 440,000 customers in the midwestern United States.

“Vecima has long been a market leader in the video streaming and cable access industry. From their extensive legacy QAM video deployments, which we’ve trusted for years, to their scalable IPTV video streaming solutions, Vecima’s expertise and dependability are unmatched,” said Jon Pederson, Chief Technology Officer, Midco. “The transition from QAM to IPTV allows us to offer a feature-rich user experience well beyond traditional video solutions.”

The companies note that Midco's system requirements included seamless third-party pre-integration with TiVo’s IPTV Suite of Solutions and the TiVo Experience platform. The companies note the TiVo user experience is consistent across platforms, offering customers elegant navigation menus that focus on content recommendations, and providing Midco subscribers with a superior video experience.

The deployed IPTV solution also offers full-featured apps on a variety of platforms, all while allowing the user to stream their content from anywhere on any device, including managed Android TV set-top boxes (STBs) and mobile devices.

Unlike a traditional cable TV offering, MidcoTV uses Wi-Fi connected devices making the service easier and more cost effective to provision. Midco customers can bring their own devices or they can receive self-install kits. The new install model is expected to reduce truck rolls for new service additions by as much as 80%.

“Vecima is leading the IPTV industry and we take pride in our ability to deliver TiVo’s next generation platform to both small and large operators globally,” said Clay McCreery, Chief Operating Officer at Vecima. “Using our end-to-end solution to transition Midco customers to IPTV will provide a highly innovative and personalized viewing experience.”

Midco has already launched MediaScaleX in Grand Forks, North Dakota with the Rapid City, Brandon, Fargo, and Bemidji markets to follow later in 2020. Further information about Vecima’s MediaScaleX solution is available at https://vecima.com/solutions/content-delivery-storage/

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