The Windstream IPTV footprint will soon expand to its third state, with news that Texas will join Nebraska and Kentucky. Windstream’s IPTV service Kinetic will launch in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston.
Kinetic is an IPTV service powered by Ericsson’s Mediaroom platform, which also powers AT&T’s U-verse IPTV service. Both Windstream and AT&T primarily use FTTN networks to deliver the service, although both have limited FTTH markets as well.
Windstream IPTV Footprint
The Windstream IPTV footprint currently includes Lexington, Kentucky and Lincoln, Nebraska. Windstream says the Sugar Land market launch will reach 30K homes initially, with service beginning some time around mid-2016. They’ll compete with cable MSO Comcast.
Windstream has cited lower cost of digital STBs and use of Wi-Fi enabled STBs to lower IPTV installation costs as positive aspects of their IPTV business.
Windstream counted 366K total digital TV subscribers at the end of 3Q15, but the vast majority of those subscribers are DBS subscribers through satellite TV partnerships. Windstream does not break out separate IPTV subscriber counts.