Frontier Launches TumTiki Video Portal
-- Users Can Access Free and Paid Content from Amazon and Hulu
Frontier Communications launched a video portal Monday that allows subscribers to access content from Hulu and Amazon.com.
The strategy from the rural U.S. telco appear similar to one from Charter Communications, which recently announced plans to allow its high-speed Internet subscribers to search for content from Amazon, Hulu and Netflix through its Charter.net portal.
Frontier is run by CEO Maggie Wilderotter, the founder of interactive TV pioneer Wink Communications. Liberty Media acquired Wink – which focused adding interactive overlays to TV programming and ads – for about $100 million in 2002.
TumTiki offer some social features, allowing users to share content with friends on Facebook. Viewers can also earn TumTiki badges and points for watching shows.
TumTiki says it offers access to more than 700,000 free TV episodes, movies and original Web series. Its partnerships with Hulu and Amazon give its users access to content from several networks, including ABC, NBC, Fox, Food Network, Bravo, FX, Syfy, HGTV, AMC, National Geographic, Oxygen, Comedy Central and TBS. The company is also offering viewers in some local markets access to content from local TV stations.