agrees to deliver its ViP-TV
video transport service to Canby Telcom, a provider of telecommunications and entertainment services to more than 8,000 customers in the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. Taking advantage of EchoStar's IP-Prime Conversion Program, Canby Telcom will receive transport of up to 42 popular high definition TV channels to its IP headend.
Commercial transport provider IP-Prime announced previously it is discontinuing its video transport service to telco facilities by July 31, 2009. EchoStar's IP-Prime Conversion Program provides qualified customers with EchoStar's ViP-TV transport service, replacement IDC satellite receivers and a standard professional installation, including compatible LNBs, a satellite dish re-point, cabling and connectors.
Canby Telcom provides information, communication and entertainment services to more than 8,000 customers. The 104-year-old cooperative has approximately 10,000 telephone access lines and offers more than 200 TV channels, an interactive program guide, video on demand, pay-per-view and caller ID on TV.
EchoStar's ViP-TV transport service is capable of delivering a secure, MPEG-4 encoded IP stream of approximately 250 channels of popular, broadcast-quality TV channels from a satellite located at 85 degrees W.L. ViP-TV can also provide satellite-delivered local TV channel aggregation in a telco's designated market area in both high definition and standard definition (where available). Telco and small cable operators can also take advantage of ViP-TV's complete set of design and integration services to build a fully provisioned IPTV system.