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CenturyLink weighs more expansion of Prism TV service


By Andy Vuong
The Denver Post

May 6, 2011

CenturyLink chief executive Glen Post indicated during a first-quarter earnings call Thursday that the next market to receive CenturyLink's IPTV service will probably be in Qwest's local-phone service territory.

And the rollout could come as early as this year.

Post said the company expanded the service, called Prism TV, in the first quarter to three new markets: Tallahassee and Orlando, Fla., and Raleigh, N.C.

Prism TV, which offers video content over a dedicated Internet network, is available in eight Legacy CenturyLink/Embarq markets. CenturyLink purchased Embarq in 2009 and completed its acquisition of Denver-based Qwest on April 1.

Post said the company will continue to expand Prism TV in 2011, ultimately reaching 1 million homes with the service by year's end.

However, in response to a question from an analyst, Post said the company does not expect "any additional rollouts in the CenturyLink markets" this year.

"We'll be evaluating the Qwest markets in the coming months," Post said. "We do think there could be some opportunity there. . . . We'll be making those decisions around midyear as far as any additional rollouts of IPTV in any of those markets."

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