Pace Joins Echostar’s ViP-TV Reseller Program for IPTV Solutions
St. Louis, Mo. – April 13, 2010 – EchoStar Satellite Services L.L.C., a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), announced today that Minnesota-based Pace International, a national satellite TV hardware and content distributor and provider of IPTV solutions for telcos, ISPs and system operators, has joined the ViP-TV™ Reseller Program. The companies made the announcement at the IP Possibilities Conference and Expo today in St. Louis, Mo.
As a regional distributor of satellite TV equipment and services, Pace currently delivers hardware and content solutions, including local TV channels, to hundreds of thousands of commercial, SMATV and MDU units. Now, as a marketer of EchoStar’s ViP-TV services, Pace can also arrange for IP-encapsulated video transport services and turn-key managed server solutions to telco operators, cable TV systems, and multiple dwelling unit (MDU) enterprises seeking an IPTV solution, including those serving gated communities, townhomes, hospitals, and hospitality markets.
“Pace is well positioned to provide telcos with a single partner who can help them ‘Just Add TV’ to their voice and data services and gain the retention value of a triple play offer,” said Pace President Vern Swedin. “With hundreds of channels of IP video from ViP-TV paired with local TV channel coverage from other partners, Pace can provide telcos with an answer to their customers’ requests for a video option on a single bill.”
ViP-TV offers a suite of IPTV services that includes more than 300 popular, broadcast-quality TV and music channels in IP H.264 format. ViP-TV resellers offer customers ViP-TV’s blade-based receiver system that can significantly reduce capital expenditures, required rack space, power consumption and operating costs for head-ends.
“We’re excited to land Pace as a ViP-TV reseller as they have a unique set of integration skills to aggressively drive penetration of ViP-TV,” said Vernon Smith, senior vice president and general manager of ViP-TV for EchoStar. “With Pace, telcos have another reason to deploy now versus waiting for increased competition for their customers. Our combined solutions and support provide a high quality and cost-effective IPTV solution.”
Fidelity Joins Echostar’s ViP-TV Reseller Program for IPTV Solutions
St. Louis, Mo. – April 13, 2010 – EchoStar Satellite Services L.L.C., a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), announced today that Fidelity Solutions, Inc., a provider of integrated video and data services in central Missouri, has joined the ViP-TV™ Reseller Program. Fidelity will offer the ViP-TV transport solution to customers seeking a competitive IPTV solution for popular video and audio channels, including high definition. The companies made the announcement today at the IP Possibilities Conference and Expo in St. Louis.
Fidelity Solutions is a subsidiary of Fidelity Communications Company headquartered in Sullivan, Mo. It has the support and experience of over 60 years in the telephone and cable industry and is a turnkey integrator that specializes in IPTV systems integration and operational support services for customers across the country.
“We’ve assisted many operators with successful IPTV launches over the past 24 months and in every case, the operator evaluates aggregated content delivery vs. building their own head-end,” said Dan Kennedy, vice president for Fidelity Solutions. “We look forward to being a part of the ViP-TV Reseller Program to boost the number of solutions we can provide.”
ViP-TV service offers a suite of IPTV services that includes transport of more than 300 of the most popular TV and music channels in standard and high definition H.264 Internet Protocol format. ViP-TV also provides local TV channel aggregation in select designated market areas in both high definition and standard definition.
“IPTV integrators like Fidelity Solutions are accelerating EchoStar’s ViP-TV Reseller Program,” said Vernon Smith, senior vice president and general manager of ViP-TV for EchoStar. “Together, we provide solutions for telcos and cable operators looking to minimize launch risk and maximize profit.”
EchoStar’s resellers now offer customers ViP-TV’s blade-based receiver system that improves reliability and reduces rack space, power consumption, and head-end costs.