TDS TV® gets new software platform in Farragut and Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

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January 18, 2013

Customers gain more channels, improved DVR functionality, many more features

For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager - Public Relations / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is upgrading its TDS TV® platform in Farragut and Mt. Juliet, Tenn. TDS is switching from the Minerva platform to Microsoft® Mediaroom®.

With the Microsoft Mediaroom platform, customers will get more than 260 all-digital channels (including HD), video-on-demand, and pay-per-view, picture-in-picture channel surfing, instant channel change, and a Connected-Home DVR. 

"This is great news for customers, especially our customers who have been with us since we launched in 2008," says Tony Bugher, market manager for TDS. "The new Microsoft platform offers more functionality, especially when it comes to the DVR."

According to Bugher, a single DVR works for the whole house. He says, "It gives customers complete control when recording, retrieving, and managing their TV programs regardless of which TV the DVR is connected."

The Connected-Home DVR, links up to eight TVs together in a home allowing customers to: 

·        Pause a show in one room and resume it in another.

·        Watch and manage recordings from any TV in the home.

·        Record up to four shows at once.

·        Store 400 hours of programming (standard-definition).

Since first introducing TDS TV in Farragut and Mt. Juliet, Tenn. in 2008, TDS has invested $25-30 million to deploy TV service technology across the country. In addition to being available in Tenn., TDS TV is also available in parts of Ga., Minn., and Wis.

TDS TV is available as a standalone service or as part of a money-saving bundle with TDS High-Speed Internet and phone service. For more details, visit www.tdstv.com or call 1-866-44-TDS-TV.

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TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is the seventh largest telecom provider in the U.S. For more than 40 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in hundreds of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across 31 states. Today, TDS has more than 1.1 million equivalent access lines in service and 2,700 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP) phone service, dedicated Internet, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit www.tdstelecom.com or www.tdsbusiness.com for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of VISI Incorporated, TEAM Technologies, OneNeck IT Services Corp., and Vital Support Systems through TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC. These companies employ more than 500 people, who specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, enterprise cloud services, and Tier III data centers. Visit: www.visi.comwww.team-companies.comwww.oneneck.com, andwww.vitalsupport.com for details.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. headquartered in Madison, Wis. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. A Fortune 500® company, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to approximately 7 million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular [NYSE: USM], its majority owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 12,300 people as of June 30, 2012. Visit www.teldta.com for investor information.