Iowa Municipality Chooses Innovative Systems for IPTV Middleware

  • Innovative Systems
  • Muscatine Power and Water (MP&W)
MUSCATINE, IA – Muscatine Power and Water (MP&W) announced that it has selected Innovative Systems to provide the middleware that will power new customer features for video subscribers when MP&W converts the cable system to Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) later this year as part of the fiber to the home (FTTH) project.

Innovative Systems is a supplier of hardware and software for the independent communications market. The Innovative Systems product lines specialize in telecommunications video, voice and
operations support system (OSS) solutions.

Gigabit Speeds Plus New Television Experience
“Most of the talk about fiber to the home up to this point has centered around the possibility
of gigabit Internet speeds,” said General Manager Sal LoBianco, “and the fiber-optic delivery
system in conjunction with new hardware driven by Innovative Systems’ middleware, will
transform our customers’ television experience as well.”

Next Generation IPTV Equipment
As part of the video rollout later this year, MP&W will be replacing current set-top boxes with
new generation IPTV equipment which is considerably smaller in size, but packed with many
new features driven by the Innovative Systems middleware. Customers can expect an
enhanced interactive guide with expanded search and other intuitive features plus network
DVR with restart and catch-up capabilities.

“Cable TV revolutionized home entertainment decades ago — opening up new technology
and programming choices for viewers,” said Erika Cox, employee and customer relations
director. “Now, with the fiber-optic and IPTV technology, customers will have an enhanced
user experience and more control and more freedom than before!”

New IPTV Features
Features of the new IPTV system are numerous, like enhanced On Demand, pay per view
and digital music plus access to online streaming services like YouTube, and will be fully
ready for 4k Ultra HDTV as customers upgrade their equipment and more 4k programming
becomes available from providers.

System construction is expected to begin in May followed by neighborhood-level system
construction and the first customer cutovers as early as August 2017.

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