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CenturyLink Unveils TV System for Fiber Optic Network

by Lisa Christensen

June 5, 2015

Salt Lake City—Months after unleashing 1 gigabyte internet to parts of Utah, CenturyLink unveiled a TV service Thursday that uses the same fiber optic network.

Prism TV offers higher connectivity than cable or satellite, with interactive features that help customize the television experience for customers, said Jeremy Ferkin, CenturyLink vice president of Utah, California and Nevada operations.

"When you think about TV service and where it's going, we’re helping lead that," Ferkin said.

Prism features include a wireless set-top box, whole-home DVR, a mobile app for watching shows on the go, an on-demand video library, content from HBO GO, STARZ Play, MAX GO and SHOWTIME Anytime, and sports channels like NFL Network, SEC Network, PAC-12 Network and Big Ten Network.

Gov. Gary Herbert said CenturyLink’s announcement is helping the state take a step forward in building a stronger economy.

“In Utah, our vision is to lead the nation as the best performing economy and to be recognized as a premier global business destination,” he said. “That vision is becoming a reality. And to achieve our goal, Utahns and Utah businesses have to be connected. Today’s announcement is a continuation of CenturyLink’s significant investment in our state.”

Herbert thanked CenturyLink for its continuing implementation of its 1 gig fiber-optic system, which will eventually stretch from Logan to St. George—something he called an “investment” in Utah’s technological infrastructure. Prism TV is currently available in Salt Lake County.

In addition to unveiling Prism TV, CenturyLink employees gave press conference attendees a front-row seat to a flash mob performance, which can be viewed here.

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