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TelcoTV: Where’s the Innovation?

As you know I spent this past week shuttling from Boston to Orlando to San Francisco. Two days at TelcoTV, then on to the one-day NewTeeVee event (and then the red-eye flight back to Boston from which I write this blog). Below are my thoughts on the TelcoTV event (I will post a summary of NewTeeVee separately).

Overall the event was OK. More or less as I expected. The show was well organized, with a good conference schedule, and a fairly… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on November 13, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Broadband Network Systems Podcast: IPTV Integrator Moving Into T-Commerce Apps

In the latest edition of our IPTV/OTT podcast series, we talk to Anke Gill, Vice President of Marketing with Broadband Network Systems (BNS).

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Founded in 2003, BNS is an Asia-based IPTV integrator with… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on August 12, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Microsoft Mediaroom Podcast: The King of IPTV Keeps Polishing the Crown

It’s good to be king. With 20 of the leading Telco service providers as customers including AT&T, British Telecom, and Deutsche Telecom, Microsoft’s Mediaroom platform can certainly wear the crown as the king of IPTV. According to Ben Huang, Director of Marketing and Product Management for Microsoft’s Mediaroom Business, Mediaroom is being used by over 3 million households and adding 3… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on June 23, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Trender Research’s OTT Magazine Acquires IPTV Magazine

Westford, MA, January 19, 2016 --( Trender Research Inc.’s Over-the-Top Video division announced today the acquisition of IPTV Magazine and related digital assets. Trender Research is the publisher of OTT…


Added by Brian Mahony on January 19, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Remaining Upside Opportunities for Pay-TV Services

The legacy pay-TV services market can now be divided into two distinct groups. First, those regions where the market is fully saturated and customer churn is the primary activity. Second, the developing nations where local pay-TV providers can still find new customers willing and able to pay for their offerings.

According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the global pay-TV market added nearly 47 million new customers in 2012 -- reaching a total of 864 million…


Added by David H. Deans on April 25, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Telco TV Stars: Orca, PeerTV, Skitter.TV

As I noted in my earlier post, it was not all doom and gloom at TelcoTV last week. There were a few bright spots, all having to do with hybrid IPTV/OTT video solutions. Here are the highlights:

Orca Gets It

Kudos to Israeli IPTV middleware company Orca Interactive… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on November 17, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

OTT Ads “Over the Top”? How Much Advertising Can We Take?

One of the promises of over-the-top video is that, because it leverages the Internet as a delivery mechanism, it can serve up more interactive and personalized advertising easier than traditional Pay TV. The question is, how much more advertising can the average consumer handle, and what form will it take?

One of the things that hit me at the recent IPTV Forum event in New York is that there will be multiple, competing forms of advertising… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on August 3, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

NewTeeVee Live: Who Cares Who’s Paying the Bills?

Today is Thanksgiving in the States. And, in addition to my family and friends, I am thankful for over-the-top video in all its varieties and monikers—Internet video, streaming video on demand, online TV, hybrid OTT/Pay TV, whatever you want to call it. Simply put— it’s exciting. It is fresh. It’s creative destruction. For an old telecom/IPTV salt like me, it’s welcome news.

For many of us, today is a day when we gather around the dinner… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on November 26, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Pass the OTT Video Popcorn: Popcorn Hour Podcast

In the latest in our podcast series on IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) video, we speak with Alex Limberis, COO of Syabas, otherwise known as “Popcorn Hour”. Alex knows a thing or two about digital media, as he was formerly the go-to guy driving Microsoft’s strategy for integrating Windows Media with just about every device that could fit it, including high-profile wins getting WM… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on July 30, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Next-Generation TV: What Do Consumers Know, Understand and Care About?

Has anyone been asking any family members or friends if they’ve gotten their IPTV or OTT Video service yet? If you or they have AT&T U-Verse or Verizon FiOS TV services, do you or they know or care that AT&T is a pure IPTV service, or that Verizon is a hybrid Cable/IP TV service – and what the differences are and mean for you as a subscriber? Do you or they know that the way your channel programming is delivered, in a linear fashion, is… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on April 22, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Must-read case study: “Telekom Romania's Journey Into the OTT Multiscreen World”

As we gear up for the 3rd OTT Executive Summit, June 17th in New York City (, I will be sharing some informative material from speakers and sponsors to help us prepare for another exciting day of strategic discussions. …


Added by Brian Mahony on May 25, 2015 at 9:24am — No Comments

Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse at IPTV Forum: Over the Top Video Threat is Overblown

I have been in New York City this week attending the IP&TV Forum North America event. Many of the major telcos and cable MSOs are here, including Verizon, AT&T, Cox, Comcast, SureWest, QWEST, Orange (France Telecom), and Rogers. Though skewed towards players in the Pay TV/IPTV realms, there is also a smattering of over-the-top video (OTT) devices and services including Sezmi, Popcorn Hour, BeeTV and… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on July 22, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Addressable Advertising in Pay-TV at the Precipice: One Step Back and One Step Forward

As the pay-TV sector continues to try to match or best the online world where demographic, behavioral and geo-targeting of advertising is possible by using location and other data mined from ISPs and IP addresses, with set-top box data being mined primarily in the pay-TV sector’s case, the recent news from Canoe Ventures of discontinuing its first product test was at minimum a small set-back. The much hyped… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on June 24, 2009 at 10:28am — No Comments

TV Anywhere Podcast: Hybrid IPTV/OTT Player Looks to Drive Migration Strategy

It seems like there is a growing trend for over-the-top video (OTT) hardware and software vendors to push for hybrid solutions that play nice with Pay TV, at least for IPTV telco and satellite service providers (sorry cable MSOs). In the past two weeks, we talked about Xbox and their deal with Sky for a hybrid Pay-TV/OTT solution and we did a… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on June 16, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

What Makes Your Stuff Tick? Pulse~LINK's CWave Technology

In my preparation for the barrage of meetings I have set up at CES to identify the trend-setting new devices and services driving the home of the future, I have also been speaking with some of the players that provide key infrastructure that makes many of the devices in your home tick. They will be the focus of an upcoming report aptly entitled "What Makes Your Stuff Tick"? that will highlight some of these enabling technologies. Many of these companies' products go unnoticed by the average… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on December 19, 2008 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Standards Emerging for Hybrid OTT Video Devices

In a nod to the growing impact over-the-top (OTT) video is having on the Pay TV market, new standards bodies are emerging, with Europe leading the way. This is no surprise as Europe has for years been implementing various hybrid set-top-box (STB) solutions, leveraging a mix of IPTV, satellite, cable, and over-the-air (OTA) technologies depending on the competitive and regulatory environment in each country. For example, in the U.K free-to-air… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on September 23, 2009 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Are Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) a Competitor to Traditional TV and Video Service Providers?

I ask this question mostly due to the fact that the major CDNs are for the most part the engine that drives home video content to PCs or other devices, whether it is event-based, live or archived, and streamed especially versus downloaded-to-own. They are especially behind the scenes of live events that are broadcasted over the Internet, and heretofore were the primary means for delivering short-form video (YouTube). In recent years their technology has developed to the point of the ability to… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on April 13, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Podcast: TVBLOB Aims to Put “Life Back In TV— the Web Way”

While working for one of the leading IPTV middleware providers (Espial), I saw how difficult it can be to implement the various manifestations of Internet and web-enabled IP set-top boxes being deployed in the market. The challenge has always been a lack of standards, and too many deployments that are specific to a set-top box manufacturer or service provider. This leads to many inefficiencies in terms of cost and time to build new boxes to meet the… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on May 13, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Evolution of OTT

By Stuart Newton, VP of Corporate Strategy, IneoQuest

IneoQuest [iQ] has been around for about 15 years. We spent the first eight…


Added by Brian Mahony on October 5, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Podcast: Roku’s Internet Video Player— It’s Not Just for Netflix Anymore

In our continuing podcast series on Internet video, we spoke with Roku’s Tim Twerdahl, Vice President of Consumer Products. A little over a year ago, Roku’s Netflix Player was spun out of an internal development effort and launched the first version of its Internet Video player in May of 2008. Since then it has become clear that the box, originally named the “Netflix Player by Roku” can be a platform for a range of… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 15, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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