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HBC Selects Espial’s Elevate Platform to Offer App-Based TV Services to Set-Tops, Roku and Mobile Devices

May 14, 2018

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 2018--Espial announced today that Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) a leading provider of high-speed internet, digital TV, telephone, and commercial services in Minnesota and Wisconsin has expanded its affiliation with Espial to offer App-based IPTV and OTT services to set-tops, mobile phones, tablets, and streaming players including Roku.

“Espial’s Elevate platform enables us to offer a seamless experience to our customers across set-top boxes and consumer owned devices.” said Jim Kronebusch, Vice President of Technology & Engineering of HBC. “It also allows us to streamline our customer service and support operations with the use of a single cloud-managed platform for our Cable, IPTV and OTT services.”

“Hiawatha is recognized in the Pay TV industry as a leader in technology innovation and advanced service offerings. We have worked hard to earn their trust with our current Cable solution, we are excited that they have placed their trust in us once again to deliver these App-based IPTV offering to their customers across all delivery networks and devices,” said Matt James, Espial’s vice president of North America sales. “That is the unique value of the Elevate platform: Operators can blend traditional cable services with new IP and App-based services very quickly without losing control of their network or brand identity. And they can do it with minimal up-front investment.”

Elevate is a multi-tenant software-as-a-service (SaaS) video platform allowing operators to manage, deliver, and monetize compelling video experiences. The platform offers consumers a rich user interface with voice-based navigation, discovery, and viewing of traditional content and streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. Elevate provides operators with cloud tools for their operations, marketing, support, and engineering team – including analytics, promotions, segmentation, and diagnostics. More information is available at .

About HBC: Innovative broadband solutions with unparalleled customer service makes Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) the preferred service provider in southeastern Minnesota. Based in Winona, MN, HBC builds advanced Fiber-To-The Premises networks offering 1 Gbps speeds, in addition to maintaining and extensive wireless broadband which brings symmetrical broadband to under/unserved homes, businesses, and schools in rural areas. HBC provides over 125 local jobs with employees supporting retail, wholesale, construction, business consulting, and technical support of in nearly 30 communities.

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CONTACT: Espial

Kirk Edwardson, +1 613-301-3423

Director of Marketing

kedwardson@espial.com

or

HBC

David Dicke, +1 507-474-5884

HBC Studios Manager/Public Relations Coordinator

ddicke@hbci.com

KEYWORD: NORTH AMERICA CANADA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY CONSUMER ELECTRONICS INTERNET NETWORKS SOFTWARE AUDIO/VIDEO TELECOMMUNICATIONS MOBILE/WIRELESS

SOURCE: Espial

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