CenturyLink extends Prism TV to 500K Denver homes, furthers triple play programs

CenturyLink continues to make gains with itsPrism IPTV roll out, passing nearly 500,000 homes in Denver with the service following its initial debut in the area last year.

Although the service is available to 500,000 homes, according to a Denver Post report, CenturyLink would not reveal how many customers are using the service today.

The telco’s IPTV number may pale in comparison to its largest cable competitors like Comcast, but CenturyLink is making progress by reaching a total of 311,000 customers in the second quarter, up from 258,000 in the same period a year ago. Alternatively, Comcast shed 69,000 video customers in the second quarter.

CenturyLink added 16,900 new Prism TV customers in the second quarter. The telco also added nearly 150,000 addressable homes in new and existing service areas, ending the quarter with more than 3.3 million addressable homes.

CenturyLink currently offers Prism TV throughout 19 Colorado communities. Besides Denver, the service is available in other cities such as Castle Rock, Columbine and Colorado Springs as well as homes in Arapahoe, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso and Jefferson counties.

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“We continue to invest in our Colorado network and the local communities we serve to deliver the products and services designed to enhance the customer experience,” Mark Soltes, CenturyLink’s assistant vice president of public policy and government relations for Colorado and Nebraska told The Denver Post.

In tandem with IPTV, CenturyLink continues to expand the availbility of its 1 Gbps fiber to the premises (FTTP) service, one that’s now available to nearly 160,000 homes in the Denver area. The telco also offers gigabit speeds to 400,000 businesses in Colorado.

Eligible customers in Denver can get 1 Gbps service for $154 a month, but the telco offers a discount if customers bundle that with voice and video services. Customers who are not interested in a 1 Gbps product can purchase 20 Mbps service, which is available to 80 percent of its metro Denver-area customers.

While CenturyLink lost 65,000 customers during the second quarter, a factor due mainly to broadband-only customers ending service, the telco says that by focusing on attracting higher-paying triple play customers it will be able to grow its broadband subscriber base. Strategic revenues like IPTV were $800 million in the quarter, a 5.5 percent increase over second quarter 2015.

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