Despite pioneering in the IPTV field, latter day Qwest wasn't much on the idea of getting into the TV business, repeatedly insisting
they supported the idea of an "over the top" solution. Granted that was partially because Qwest spent the last few years shopping itself around, and made debt reduction its first priority. In contrast, new Qwest owner CenturyLink offers an IPTV service dubbed Prism
, but only in select markets. Initially the telco balked when asked about when and if they'd expand these services, but last January they offered new detail on just who'll be getting upgrades -- and it won't be many of you.
"We pass about a million homes today with our IPTV service and expect to provide service to at least one Qwest market in 2012 and potentially two markets," said Stewart Ewing, EVP and CFO of CenturyLink last January. Overall however their total number of IPTV customers sits at roughly 50,000.
Now that it's nearly July it looks like we've got a slightly clearer pictures of what those new markets will be, with Colorado Springs
set to be the first Qwest market to get television services.
“We’re very excited about bringing cable service to Colorado Springs, but we’re also excited about bringing competition,” said Mike Burnett, vice president and general manager for CenturyLink’s southern and western Colorado operations. Burnett is promising locals they'll see lower TV prices with CenturyLink's entry into the a local market dominated by Comcast. Unfortunately those price reductions never actually happen, as we've seen time and time again with telcoTV.