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Synacor fuels Midcontinent’s TVE Sochi viewers

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:33pm
Mike Robuck

Midcontinent Communications has deployed Synacor's Cloud ID Auto Authentication feature in time for the Sochi Olympics, which has led to a decrease in TV Everywhere abandonment by its viewers.

Using Synacor’s white label auto authentication, Midcontinent has reported a dramatic drop in TV Everywhere abandonment, coming in under 10 percent compared to a typical TV Everywhere abandonment rate of approximately 50 percent.

"These are great numbers,” said Gary Shawd, Midcontinent's vice president of information services said. “We look forward to using Synacor's AutoAuth in March for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, integrating all our authorized programmers and giving Midcontinent customers the best possible TV Everywhere experience."

Synacor said it was providing its Cloud ID TV Everywhere Authentication Services for Sochi TV Everywhere for nearly 40 pay-TV providers

“Midcontinent Communications is a favorite forward-thinking partner of Synacor's. It's always a pleasure rolling-out our next-level products with Midcontinent," said Michael Bishara, Synacor's senior vice president of product and general manager of TV Everywhere. "Sochi offers some of the most exciting, must-see sports content of the year, and pay-TV subscribers should be able to catch the action wherever they are, on whatever device they choose. As a worldwide leader in TV Everywhere, Synacor is dedicated to helping consumers enjoy Sochi without stress and helping pay-TV providers deliver content without consumers abandoning."

Last year, Midcontinent was among the first service providers to offer its subscribers Synacor’s Social Login feature, which allows them to simultaneously authenticate for TV Everywhere content when logging onto Facebook, Twitter or Google.

Synacor’s roster of cable operator customers includes Cable One, Charter Communications, Mediacom Communications and Suddenlink.

Midcontinent provides triple play services to more than 300,000 residential and business customers in North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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