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).
In the latest edition of our IPTV/OTT podcast series, we talk to Anke Gill, Vice President of Marketing with Broadband Network Systems (BNS).
Added by Brian Mahony on August 12, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments
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
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 December 25, 2012 at 1:49pm — No Comments
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:
Added by Brian Mahony on November 17, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments
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?
Added by Brian Mahony on August 3, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments
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
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.
Added by Brian Mahony on November 26, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments
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
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
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
In our ongoing podcast series we continue to focus on Internet and interactive TV and the players that are making this revolution possible. Today we spoke with Ed Forman, EVP, Products and Services, for Active Video Networks. Like our friends at Pulse~Link, this is another company most folks have not heard of but they play a crucial role in "making your stuff… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on February 6, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Added by Robert A. Clark on April 13, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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 December 19, 2008 at 3:47pm — No Comments
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
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
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
We had a chance recently to catch up with VUDU Executive Vice President Edward Lichty to capture his views on the role Vudu is playing in fostering the burgeoning over the top (OTT) video market, as well as his perspective on the market in general. Click here to listen to podcast.
It was shortly into my conversation with TiVo that it occurred to me that this pioneer of DVR has a lot to teach the burgeoning over-the-top video (OTT) industry.
Added by Brian Mahony on August 13, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments