From the press release:
iTV-3 ANNOUNCES TV PACKAGES FOR URBANA-CHAMPAIGN MARKET
Fiber-optic network will deliver ultra high-speed Internet and television over one of the most innovative city-wide gigabit networks in the U.S.
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS, MARCH 6, 2015 –- Residents in Urbana-Champaign will soon have access to a variety of high-definition television packages in addition to ultra-fast broadband, all delivered over a world-class fiber-optic network from iTV-3 and the UC2B not-for-profit.
Franchise agreements with the cities of Urbana and Champaign were recently reached, allowing iTV-3 to add a suite of competitive channel packages to their lineup.The iTV-3 network is 100% fiber-optic and offers superior bandwidth capacity, reliability, and picture quality compared to traditional coaxial cable companies.
Signing up for service for both TV and Internet is easy and can be accessed at www.ThePerfectUpgrade.com. As always, no contract is required for any iTV-3 services.
Three different tiers of television service are available with more than 300 available channels and thousands of on-demand movies. TV service is all-digital with uncompressed video quality at all times, allowing for the highest-quality picture. An assortment of DVR features are also offered among three distinctive television packages. In addition, a wide variety of sports channels and other family programming is included in the base package.
A final channel lineup will be available as soon as agreements with local networks are completed. A preliminary version of the lineup for the Champaign-Urbana market can be downloaded here.
iTV-3 is a Peoria-based family-owned company and was selected by UC2B as a private partner to expand the existing gigabit fiber-optic backbone. Since the public-private partnership was announced in May 2014, numerous “behind the scenes” updates have been completed to enable fast, reliable speeds for future users throughout Urbana-Champaign. In November 2014, iTV-3 announced the first neighborhood to reach the required number of sign-ups. Construction is slated to start as early as possible this Spring.
For questions about iTV-3 television and fiber-optic broadband service, contact the iTV-3 office at 217-530-0333 or visit a local Family Video. iTV-3 sales teams will also be canvassing areas in Urbana and Champaign throughout the coming weeks to collect sign-ups and share information.
iTV-3 is a subsidiary of the Illinois-based family-owned company that owns and operates more than 775 Family Video stores in 19 states and Canada. Family Video is the largest movie and game rental chain in the United States. Family Video has three stores in Champaign-Urbana. It has been in the Internet Service Provider business since the mid 1990’s, and has provided fiber-based services since 2009. Learn more at www.ThePerfectUpgrade.com.
UC2B is a not-for-profit organization created by the Cities of Urbana and Champaign and the University of Illinois to oversee the UC2B fiber optic network throughout the community. UC2B started as an intergovernmental consortium in 2010 to build and operate the UC2B fiber-optic network using federal and state grants with local matching funds. For more information about UC2B, visit www.uc2b.net.
Levi Dinkla, iTV-3 Vice President, levi.dinkla@itv-3.
Brandon Bowersox-Johnson, UC2B Board Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org