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Regional telcos continue to innovate in the US, with Illinois-based Oneida Telephone Exchange upgrading its IPTV system to enable delivery of linear and on-demand TV, DVR, chat, e-mail, messaging and next-generation interactive services.

Oneida is an independent telephone company serving triple play services to the City of Oneida, Illinois and surrounding areas, as part of the Western Illinois Video (WIV) consortium of eight rural telephone service providers. To enable the IPTV upgrade, it is partnering with Ottawa-based Espial for the MediaBase software platform, and with Conklin-Intracom for a middleware access solution called fs|cdn.

 

MediaBase supports the management, distribution and delivery of on-demand video content, using off-the-shelf servers for VOD, network PVR/RS-DVR, personal network PVR (PNPVR), StartOver TV, Pay-per-view and many other on-demand applications. The MediaBase Services API simplifies ecosystem integration and allows advanced service development for applications like interactive games, DVDs and advertising.

Oneida Telephone has been using Espial's MediaBase for over three years with content from Avail-TVN; the company currently provides a VOD service and anticipates additional services in the future. The integration with Conklin Intracom lays the groundwork.

"We've had a great experience with Espial MediaBase over the last several years," said Dave Olson, general manager for the Oneida Telephone Exchange. "With fs|cdn from Conklin Intracom, we now have the right platform to grow our business. We look forward to working with Espial to launch additional on-demand services on the Espial MediaBase platform."