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C Spire TV Earns Major National Technology Honor as Nation’s Top New Pay TV Service

Home Services unit’s innovative streaming TV service ditches the cable box and takes Cablefax Award

New York, NY. (February 1, 2018) – C Spire’s Home Services unit has won a top national television technology award from Cablefax for the 2017 introduction of the nation’s first app-based, live streaming digital commercial TV service.

The Home Services unit of the Mississippi-based diversified telecommunications and technology services company was selected for the coveted award by a panel of judges as the top commercial television product, service or software last year, one of 10 categories, which also included cloud, smart TV, home automation, IoT, OTT, WiFi and TV Everywhere solutions.

C Spire Home Services will be formally honored along with other award winners on March 6 during a special luncheon program at The Yale Club in New York City. The program recognizes the industry’s most outstanding practices and products powering television technology and digital communications.

“We’re very pleased to be recognized for introducing one of the television industry’s leading technology products in 2017,” said Ashley Phillips, general manager of C Spire Home Services. “Now the world knows what our customers get to experience every day – robust software platforms and our cutting-edge apps and superior service.”

“Our judges were impressed by C Spire’s app-based digital streaming TV service, which offers intriguing new options for programmers, operators and industry partners,” said Cablefax Publisher Michael Grebb.

Phillips said C Spire TV delivers advanced cable TV features that consumers love in convenient and simple apps that are designed to run on popular streaming devices, such as Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku TV.

The service, which was introduced in July 2017, eliminates the need for consumers to outfit every TV in their home with a set top box, freeing them from several hundred dollars a year in rental fees. And because it’s app-based, C Spire TV allows customers to watch their favorite content on virtually any screen in the home.

The app-based flexibility is designed to support the different ways – smart TVs, laptops, tablets or smartphones – video is consumed today, Phillips said, noting that research by S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Kagan unit estimates that 44 million consumers will have non-traditional TV services by 2021, roughly one third of all U.S. TV households.

Phillips said C Spire TV, despite its design similarities, is not an Over-The-Top offering popularized by cord-cutters. Instead, the service is a fully managed IP television service providing C Spire internet subscribers with a no-compromises experience, including a familiar electronic programming guide, access to live, local, on-demand and Cloud DVR recordings all brought together with a personalization engine. “With our service, you get the best of both worlds,” he added.

About C Spire
C Spire provides world-class, customer-inspired wireless communications, 1 Gigabit consumer Internet access and related home services as well as a full suite of dedicated Internet, wireless, IP Voice, data and cloud services for businesses. This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire and C Spire Home Services, visit cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at twitter.com/cspire.