Windstream’s Kinetic TV Blows into North Carolina

Pushing ahead with plans announced in August, Windstream this week said it has launched Kinetic TV, its IP-based pay TV offering, to more than 50,000 homes across 13 communities in North Carolina.

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The service, which runs on Windstream’s fiber network in the area, is also powered by Ericsson Mediaroom, the platform it acquired from Microsoft in 2013.

Windstream’s rollout in North Carolina includes Albemarle, Badin, China Grove, Concord, Harrisburg, Hemby Bridge, Indian Trail, Kannapolis, Matthews, Mooresville, Mt. Pleasant, New London and Oakboro.

Windstream subs can bundle Kinetic TV with its phone and Internet service. Its “Kinetic Preferred Bundle” paired with a 1-Gbps service runs $99.99 per month for the first year.

Windstream has also launched Kinetic TV in Lincoln, Neb.; Lexington, Ky., and Sugar Land, Texas.

The company, which also resells and bundles pay TV services from Dish Network, lost about 36,000 digital video subs in Q3, ending the period with about 329,000.