IPTVpavilion - From the editors of Broadcast Engineering and Telephony

Net neutrality threatens Internet investment dollars

Apr 16, 2008 4:58 PM

Any new government policies regarding the Internet should be focused on advancing broadband deployment in the United States, not trying to impose regulations on Internet service providers, who are investing billions in infrastructure, the head of USTelecom told an audience at the NAB Show this week...
Content first IPTV consideration, panel says

Apr 16, 2008 4:56 PM

As IPTV operators seek greater cooperation with broadcasters, content should be their first and foremost consideration, according to a panel of broadcasting and telco executives. The NAB discussion “True Hollywood Story,” moderated by Whit Jackson, VP of business development and studio relations at SecureMedia, concluded that the rules have changed for IPTV providers, and they now must meet the conditions of licensing content, rather than just transporting it...
TM Forum demos Content Encounter

Apr 16, 2008 4:54 PM

The TM Forum, a cross between a trade association and standards body, realized that as convergence was becoming more of a reality, the telcos would have to expand their ecosystems to welcome the content companies into the mix. The result of this realization was the Content Encounter, which went public in November of last year...
Industry Perspective: Kamil Grajski, FLO Forum president

Apr 16, 2008 4:51 PM

As the mobile TV market continues to attract a lot of attention at the conference, Kamil Grajski, VP of engineering for QUALCOMM and president of FLO Forum, spoke with Telephony associate news editor Sarah Reedy about what the FLO Forum sees as the three biggest trends in mobile TV today...
Securing the future of IPTV

Apr 16, 2008 4:49 PM

Layers of security protection for IPTV may have a place in doing more than just deterring content thieves. Measures like deep packet inspection (DPI) and digital rights management (DRM) — once somewhat controversial — are now key elements in maintaining relevancy and taking IPTV across all three screens, according to industry executives today...
IPTV still a quality challenge

Apr 16, 2008 4:47 PM

IPTV providers still face multiple challenges in managing end-to-end quality on their networks, because of the technology’s many moving parts and the lack of standards, equipment vendors say...
Thomson ready for middleware run

Apr 16, 2008 4:45 PM

Thomson is finally ready to make a run at the U.S. middleware market, the video giant said at this year’s NAB Show. That could be good news for Tier 2 and Tier 3 telcos in the United States, who have lately complained about what they see as limited middleware options...
Broadcasters, telcos should partner more

Apr 15, 2008 5:59 PM

The top content executives at the top two telcos-turned-video distributors would like to partner and cooperate more with broadcasters and content developers...
Independent telco exec tells IPTV cautionary tale

Apr 15, 2008 5:57 PM

Phil Erli was an early IPTV convert. The executive VP of Georgia-based ILEC (incumbent local exchange carrier) Ringgold Telephone has been “doing” IPTV for five years, deploying well ahead of AT&T and other major global carriers. But as he told a NAB audience Monday, real-life experience has made him somewhat cynical about IPTV’s real-world prospects...
Hybrid STB market remains viable

Apr 15, 2008 5:51 PM

While all-IP networks may be attracting all the attention, OpenTV, for one, is not ready to cede the market to pure-play providers...
FTTH sells more IPTV

Apr 15, 2008 5:49 PM

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) providers sell much more IPTV in the United States than those selling copper-based services, the head of the Fiber-To-The-Home Council said today...
Marketing IPTV as a ‘hyper-local’ event

Apr 15, 2008 5:47 PM

Telecom companies rolling out IPTV have to market it on a “hyper-local” basis to reach the customers who can receive their service. In some cases, that means going door-to-door, and in others, it can mean guerilla marketing, according to both telco execs and industry analysts...
Network PVR would be IPTV’s saving grace

Apr 14, 2008 5:48 PM

Network-based personal video recorder technology might be the only saving grace for telcos wanting to deliver HDTV as part of their IPTV service using copper-based networks, according to Thierry Fautier, director of Telco Solutions for Harmonic, which provides video and headend gear to many telcos globally...
In the spotlight: Peter MacAvock, executive director of the DVB

Apr 14, 2008 5:41 PM

Mobile television is a topic attracting global attention, but not a lot of traction to speak of, yet. DVB executive director Peter MacAvock spoke with associate news editor Sarah Reedy about what’s holding back digital TV services and what will drive them forward...
Craig McCaw looks to the heavens

Apr 14, 2008 3:08 PM

On the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla., prepped and ready for countdown, is an Atlas V rocket, atop which sits a complex piece of communications hardware. At 4:00 PM ET today, that booster will launch the ICO G-1 -- and telecom entrepreneur Craig McCaw’s first extraterrestrial venture -- into geosynchronous orbit...
Sun scales down video streaming

Apr 14, 2008 1:40 PM

Sun Microsystems today announced an expansion of its Streaming System video portfolio that adds small to midscale streaming of television and IP-based video to create an IPTV system that can scale from 100 to 160,000 simultaneous streams...
Building B lifts a veil

Apr 14, 2008 1:34 PM

A few weeks ahead of its long-anticipated formal unveiling, video wholesaler Building B let one interesting bit of information out yesterday...
MobiTV enhances mobile content delivery

Apr 14, 2008 10:56 AM

In conjunction with the NAB Show this week in Las Vegas, MobiTV has unveiled an enhanced version of its Optimized Delivery Server designed for the distribution of live, clip-linear, video on demand (VOD) and downloadable media over broadband and wireless networks...
Widevine secures Microsoft's Silverlight platform

Apr 14, 2008 10:53 AM

Content security provider Widevine today announced it would integrate its content protection platform with Microsoft Silverlight, the company’s crossbrowser, crossplatform media plug-in for the Web. The partnership marks the first time Microsoft has worked with a third-party digital rights management (DRM) content security company...
FTTH now being sold to 10 million U.S. homes

Apr 9, 2008 5:43 PM

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is now being marketed to more than 10 million North American homes, according to the latest report from RVA Market Research & Consulting, and FTTH networks pass nearly 12 million homes, or nearly 10 percent of all the homes in North America...
Microsoft Mediaroom alumni launch 180Squared

Apr 9, 2008 5:35 PM

After a year of operating in stealth mode, a team of former Microsoft Mediaroom architects today officially launched their middleware services startup, 180Squared, with a framework for the integration of existing billing/operational support system (B/OSS) applications and third-party software...
Online viewing won’t replace traditional TV anytime soon

Apr 9, 2008 5:32 PM

The latest edition of the annual study ‘The Battle for the North American Couch Potato’ indicates that the online viewing of video content is not going to supplant broadcast and cable/satellite/IPTV delivery of video into the TV set anytime soon, if ever...
AT&T to hit one million IPTV subscribers by end of 2008; Verizon to get there a year earlier

Apr 2, 2008 6:52 PM

Looking at the latest available telco IPTV numbers, AT&T had 231,000 U-verse TV subscribers at the end of 2007, and it is predicted that it will hit another 1 million subscribers by year’s end. It’s competitor, Verizon Communications, says it topped 1 million FiOS TV subscribers in the first few weeks of 2008...
Major challenges hinder delivery of HD over IPTV

Apr 2, 2008 6:50 PM

As IPTV operators scramble to deliver more profitable HD programming over their systems, they are faced with several challenges. First, strong demand is said to have led to a shortage of IPTV HD set-top boxes by Motorola, which is the main supplier...
University of Houston installs AT&T U-verse

Apr 2, 2008 6:47 PM

AT&T’s U-verse IPTV system is slated for installation in 700 rooms in a 547,000sq-ft dormitory at the University of Houston. The installation is AT&T’s first deployment of an IPTV system on a college campus...
Telecom well poised to benefit from $70 billion streaming market

Mar 27, 2008 12:16 PM

A new Insight Research study says IPTV, along with streaming video and audio, will generate $70 billion in revenue over the next six years, from both network-derived services and content-derived income...
Worldwide IPTV service revenues to pass $42.6 billion by 2014

Mar 26, 2008 6:18 PM

According to TMCnet, if this estimate proves to be accurate, it would reflect an increase of 60.2 percent over the next decade, from 2004 to 2014. The capital expenditure on IPTV deployments is expected to increase by more than 14 times by the end of 2010...
Microsoft prepares for IPTV upgrade

Mar 26, 2008 6:14 PM

Microsoft plans to issue an upgrade to its Mediaroom IPTV system as early as August and has named the next generation of its Internet Protocol-based platform Milwaukee. Shari Barnett, director of media services at Microsoft’s TV division, said the company plans to make the beta version of the application developer’s kit available in May, so third-party firms can start developing services to run on the software...
Open IPTV Forum publishes architecture specification

Mar 19, 2008 6:27 PM

The Open IPTV Forum, a group of many of the largest names in IPTV, has published its first architecture specification. The publication is an attempt to simplify and bring together the alphabet soup of technologies involved in IPTV...
U.S. IPTV revenues to reach $13.7 billion by 2012

Mar 19, 2008 6:23 PM

IPTV service revenues will approach $14 billion in 2012, climbing from $694 million in 2007, says a new report by Strategy Analytics...
Verizon expands FiOS TV service in New York, Virginia

Mar 18, 2008 1:01 PM

Verizon continues to make progress in rolling out its FiOS TV cable alternative with new service areas in New York and completion of a franchise agreement in Virginia...
Ixia goes end-to-end on IPTV quality

Mar 12, 2008 6:59 PM

Ixia today announced an end-to-end Triple Play quality assurance system that the IP performance testing company has been developing with Bell Canada for more than two years...
IPTV subscribers to reach 90 million in 2013, says ABI Research

Mar 11, 2008 1:17 PM

A new forecast from ABI Research concludes the number of IPTV subscribers worldwide will reach more than 90 million by the end of 2013, up from about 13.5 million in 2007...
Eight more companies join Open IPTV Forum

Mar 11, 2008 1:07 PM

The number of members of the Open IPTV Forum rose last week to 26 with the addition of Accenture, ANT Software, Funai Electric, Quative - Kudelski Group, SES-Astra, Sharp, Sun Microsystems and Toshiba...
Setting the record straight on IPTV

Mar 10, 2008 6:34 PM

Broadcasters are facing increasing pressure to clearly define IPTV for consumers...
Video quality major concern for IPTV

Mar 10, 2008 6:30 PM

Most service providers feel that video quality problems come from access networks and the home...
Cisco unveils compact new edge router

Mar 4, 2008 5:03 PM

Cisco Systems unveiled a new edge router powered by its own silicon designs, trumpeting the new product’s compact form factor and built-in functionality. More on how the ASR series supplies a host of IP services, including IPTV...
New CEO Gerke vows to build on Embarq’s innovations

Mar 3, 2008 5:11 PM

As the newly named CEO of Embarq, Tom Gerke plans to focus on continuing the momentum Embarq has built selling new products, such as 10 Mb/s Internet access, a video sales portal and fixed-mobile convergence, and continue the company’s recent history as an innovator...
U.S. IPTV revenues to approach $14 billion in 2012, says report

Mar 3, 2008 1:09 PM

IPTV service revenues in the United States will reach $13.7 billion in 2012, growing from $694 million in 2007, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics...
NAB2008 to offer special IPTV focus

Feb 28, 2008 3:58 PM

NAB2008 will expand its IPTV offerings with a new conference series and super session providing telecommunications and wireless professionals with insight into converging technologies, concepts and equipment for IPTV and other next-generation video businesses....
Telco TV subscription revenue to reach $19 billion in 2011, says In-Stat

Feb 26, 2008 3:52 PM

Telco TV availability continues to grow to new countries as higher bandwidth networks are built to deliver video, according to market researcher In-Stat...
AT&T expands U-verse TV availability in Ohio

Feb 26, 2008 3:48 PM

AT&T has begun offering its AT&T U-verse TV and Internet services to more than 135,000 households in and around the Cleveland and Akron, OH, areas....
Middleware, STB fingerpointing leaves Tier 2, 3 operators in bind, says Bulk

Feb 26, 2008 3:30 PM

Writing in response to IPTV Update’s interview with UTStarcom’s Manish Matta (Jan. 22), Frank Bulk, technology and product development manager at Premier Communications in Sioux Center, IA, took issue with the reasons Matta gave for the slow development of IPTV services by Tier 2 and 3 providers...
Verizon expands FiOS TV service in New York, Virginia

Feb 26, 2008 3:26 PM

Verizon continues to make progress in rolling out its FiOS TV cable alternative with new service areas in New York and completion of a franchise agreement in Virginia...
IPTV providers harbor deep concern over monitoring video quality, says study

Feb 26, 2008 1:04 PM

Video quality significantly impacts the number of support calls from subscribers, and is critical to the ultimate growth and success of IPTV, according to a new study...
In-home 802.11n upgrades

Feb 25, 2008 5:24 PM

Among several new additions to its Smart Wi-Fi platform, Ruckus Wireless announced HDTV enhancements to its in-home wireless LAN gear, including a Wi-Fi system for IEEE 802.11n capability and a new remote management system...
Harris delivers IPTV headend to IRIS Networks

Feb 15, 2008 12:59 PM

IRIS Networks, based in Nashville, TN, has installed a Harris IPTV headend featuring NetVX MPEG-4/H.264 video encoding for the delivery of SD and HD terrestrial TV channels to rural independent telecommunications companies...
Six Flags president, CEO Shapiro to offer insight during NAB2008

Feb 14, 2008 12:01 PM

Mark Shapiro, president and CEO of Six Flags, will present a keynote speech April 15, during NAB2008 in Las Vegas...
IPTV adoption in Asia-Pacific region to surpass Europe, report says

Feb 12, 2008 12:59 PM

IPTV adoption in Asia-Pacific region to surpass Europe, report says...
IPTV adoption in Asia-Pacific region to surpass Europe, report says

Feb 12, 2008 12:55 PM

A new report forecasts that the Asia-Pacific region will surpass Europe in dominating the IPTV market as the number of broadband subscribers in the region is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 91 percent during 2006-2011...
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