Videotron Announces IPTV Powered by Comcast Xfinity X1 is Coming
Quebecor subsidiary Videotron has announced IPTV powered by Comcast’s Xfinity X1 platform is coming soon, ready to “support a peerless customer experience.”
“We are very pleased with our decision to choose this state-of-the-art platform,” said Manon Brouillette, President and CEO of Videotron, in a statement issued to iPhone in Canada. “Combined with the power of Videotron’s network and its rich array of content, it will enable us to continue offering our customers the best possible experience and will strengthen our technology leadership.”
More and more cable companies have started to use Comcast’s IPTV solution. Shaw launched BlueSky TV earlier this year, powered by Xfinity X1, while Rogers plans to debut IPTV with X1 in early 2018 (the company abandoned its own in-house IPTV plans, taking a $525 million hit).
“Xfinity X1 continues to be a game-changer, allowing millions of people to search and navigate live TV, on demand movies and shows, web video, apps and more in a simple, fast and intuitive way,” said Tony Werner, President of Technology and Product for Comcast Cable.
Videotron did not specify an exact timetable for the IPTV launch. As of June 30, 2017, the company noted they had 1.65 million cable TV customers, 1.59 million digital TV subscribers, and 337,600 members within their streaming service Club illico.