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January 4, 2018 Wellman TV offering new service in 2018
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Driving down Eighth Avenue in Wellman, residents have likely noticed a slight change. The usual sign posted on the outside of Wellman Cooperative Telephone Association office has added a bit of color recently.

Exploding off the sign’s white background is a splash of red proclaiming “watchTVeverywhere.” The new program has been operational for a couple months, but Lisa Miller Allen said the company will start pushing the feature more as the calendar turns to 2018.

Miller Allen said the company is excited about being able to change with the time, especially for a provider that as small as the Wellman. Miller Allen said it is an exciting time for television, with a lot of recent innovations in how people consume the product, and is happy the company is able to keep up with the trends.

“With this evolution in TV viewing, people are going to have choices and, as long as they understand that if they already have TV with us, that they can already stream and they’re not paying extra for Hulu,” she said.

In order to sign up for the feature, which is free for everyone with a cable subscription, customers to register on the coop’s website. Some channels available through the program can be live streamed, including network television like NBC, ABC, and Fox. Miller Allen said it helps give them an advantage over people who go exclusively through streaming services.

Other channels just offer on demand viewing of the channel’s programming and not all channels are available for mobile consumption.

“The networks actually have the say as to what’s available for streaming on your device,” Miller Allen said.

The entire process has taken place over the last six months, according to Miller Allen. The major hurdles that needed to be cleared were both negotiating with various networks and getting the technical aspects finished.

The company was helped in the latter part of the process by the Mid-America Computer Corp, who help with the site. With their help, the coop was able to set up the necessary programming needed to confirm a person’s subscription.

Miller Allen said customers will begin to see more references to the offering, with information being included with the upcoming round of billings.

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