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Suddenlink bows more TiVo DVRs in Texas, continues D3 rollout

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 8:40am
Mike Robuck

Suddenlink launched its TiVo Premiere service in three more Texas communities, as well as rolled out its DOCSIS 3.0-based Max 50 service in Athens, Texas.

The TiVo Premiere DVRs are now available in Bryan-College Station, Georgetown and Huntsville.

Suddenlink first announced it was going with TiVo's interface and DVRs last year, followed by launches of the service in December. Since late last year, the TiVo DVRs have been launched in the following markets: Amarillo, Canyon, Tulia, Andrews, Big Spring, Floydada, Lubbock, Midland and Plainview in Texas, and Clovis in New Mexico.

Suddenlink said it planned to expand the availability of the TiVo DVR to additional markets this year.

Suddenlink / TiVo DVR

Suddenlink started offering its Max 50 wideband service, which features download speeds of up to 50 Mbps, earlier this week in Athens. Since the spring of last year, Suddenlink has launched Max 50 in nearly 30 communities that it serves.

Suddenlink also completed a project to convert Athens to an all-digital TV lineup, which resulted in more HD channel offerings. Among the additions were: Lifetime HD, Headline News HD, Oxygen HD, Speed HD, Versus HD, E! HD, truTV HD, Turner Classic Movies HD, Outdoor HD, Fox Business Network HD, Fuse HD, ESPNews HD, ESPNU HD, Sportsman Channel HD, Golf HD, NFL Network HD, NFL RedZone HD, Encore HD, HBO2 HD, HBO Family HD and Starz Comedy HD.

The DOCSIS 3.0 launches were part of Suddenlink's Project Imagine, which calls for approximately $350 million of capital investments nationwide through 2012, above and beyond the company's traditional capital spending levels. In addition to the DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts, Project Imagine's roadmap also includes more HD choices, expanded digital phone service and more VOD offerings.

Suddenlink said in its second-quarter earnings that it had completed approximately 70 percent of its anticipated capital expenditures for Project Imagine and expects to be 80 percent complete by year's end.

Suddenlink, the nation's seventh-largest cable operator, has 1.3 million residential customers and thousands of commercial customers, primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia.

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