RFD-TV and PBS Kids Added to Channel Line-up
MANKATO, Minn. – April 8, 2008 – HickoryTech Corporation (Nasdaq: HTCO) announced today the addition of two new channels, RFD-TV and PBS Kids, to its Digital TV line-up.
RFD-TV is the nation's first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America and agriculture. The programming focuses on rural topics including horses, agricultural news, lifestyle and livestock auctions.
PBS Kids is a twin cities public television network dedicated to children's programming including programs, such as Barney, Curious George, Arthur and Bob the Builder.
“We are very pleased to provide additional, in-demand programming to our customers,” said Damon Dutz, president of HickoryTech's consumer and network solutions division. “We listened to our customers and are committed to providing the most competitive service possible to them.”
RFD-TV will appear on HickoryTech channel 107 and PBS Kids will appear on channel 132, both are part of the choice channel selections.
HickoryTech offers its triple play services of Digital TV, high-speed DSL, and local and long-distance phone service to the Minnesota communities of Eagle Lake, Ellendale, Faribault, Janesville, Lake Crystal, New Richland, North Mankato, St. Peter, St. Clair, and Waseca. Additionally, HickoryTech is expanding its Digital TV service to Mankato, Minn. where service is now available to more than half of the community.
HickoryTech's Digital TV service includes customized TV packages, allowing customers to choose specific channels to create their own package, more than 200 all digital channels, commercial-free music, local community programming, universal remote controls with onscreen program guide for all TVs, Caller ID displayed directly on the television screen, easy-to-use parental controls to block programs by specific channel or rating and money saving Select bundle options.
HickoryTech Corporation (NASDAQ: HTCO), headquartered in Mankato, Minn., offers integrated communication products and services to business and residential customers over a regional fiber network. The company, founded in 1898, has approximately 410 employees. The Telecom Sector, with facilities-based operations in Minnesota and Iowa, offers local voice, long distance, high-speed Internet, Digital TV and IP networking services to residential and business customers. In addition, the Telecom Sector develops telecom and carrier access billing solutions and customer management systems. The Enventis Sector provides IP-based voice, data and network solutions to businesses across a five-state region. For more information, visit www.hickorytech.com .
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