Frontier tunes in YouTube TV

By taking a page from other broadband-focused service providers, Frontier Communications has entered into a partnership with YouTube TV, the Google-owned Virtual Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (vMVPD).

As of today, Frontier is pitching a package pairing its own broadband service with YouTube TV.

In addition to reduced access to YouTube TV, Frontier also has pay-TV bundling partnerships with DirecTV Stream and for Dish Network’s satellite TV service.
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To help fuel the pump, Frontier YouTube TV pitches for $ 54.99 a month, $ 10 off the regular base price of YouTube TV for the first 12 months. According to it in small print, the offer is limited to first-time YouTube TV customers and is available to Frontier broadband customers at speed levels that deliver 25 Mbit / s or more.

YouTube TV’s basic service has more than 85 channels, access to a cloud DVR and a family subscription that supports up to six accounts per channel. household.

“This partnership with YouTube TV allows our customers to cut the cord and still watch the live and on-demand content they love,” said John Harrobin, Frontier’s EVP of Consumer, in a statement. “Customers can now enjoy our fiber optic broadband service plus YouTube TV at the best price on the market.”

Frontier also has deals to bundle DirecTV Stream, the OTT TV service from the DirecTV device recently acquired by AT&T, starting at $ 69.99 a month. Frontier also has an agreement to sell and assemble Dish Network’s satellite television service. Frontier requires customers on the DirecTV Stream package to be at a speed level of at least 25 Mbit / s, but this lowers the minimum to 6 Mbit / s for high-speed Internet customers who choose the Dish satellite TV option.

Frontier is one of several broadband-focused service providers entering into bundling agreements with virtual MVPDs. Among other examples, Google Fiber co-markets YouTube TV, Philo, FuboTV and Dish-owned Sling TV, while pushing ahead with a plan to phase out its older IPTV service. WideOpenWest, a self-written “broadband-first” cable overbuilder, has teamed up with YouTube TV, FuboTV and Philo and is not currently promoting its own IP-based pay-TV service very strongly.

Frontier’s YouTube TV deal comes into the picture as the operator pushes ahead with a major fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network upgrade plan. Under Wave 1 of this plan, Frontier intends to reach a total of 5 million fiber locations by the end of 2022, and expects in a Wave 2 expansion to expand the total number to 10 million locations by the end of 2025.

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