Tag Archives: VoD

Google TV & The Emerging EPG (Electronic Program Guide) War

With the much anticipated launch of Google TV next month on Sony and Logitech devices, its getting crowded in the OTT (Over The Top) TV market.  With CE (Consumer Electronics) manufacturers, middleware vendors, operators, web-based service providers, content owners, and a vast array of start-ups rushing to confuse the customer.  I covered this in an […]

Hybrid TV Questionnaire

Early IPTV deployments showed customers expect firstly a broadcast TV experience. The on-demand experience is secondary. Hence the entry level IPTV bouquet (set of channels) must include the region’s ‘standard’ broadcast quality package. Hybrid TV is where an IPTV connection and either a digital terrestrial, cable or satellite connection are delivered to the STB (Set […]

IPTV Survey

IPTV has been a long time in coming.  Back in 1991/1992 at BT Labs I helped build one of the first VoD systems over DSL with Gavin Young‘s team.  Nearly 20 years later, most of the major telcos have rolled out IPTV, e.g. China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, and AT&T.  Global IPTV customer numbers are at […]

Why is IMS getting lumped into IPTV?

Telco IPTV market status / performance varies greatly by country, because of differences in broadband / PayTV penetration and the telco’s access to competitive national content.  Generalizations are difficult to draw.  Some countries have had rocky starts while others have been relatively trouble free.  Free and France Telecom are both now over 1.5 million IPTV […]

End of Year Review

The purpose of this article is to review some of the significant developments and trends in the telecom industry through 2008, and look forward into next year on what developments and trends may start to unfold. Open Innovation, Telco API and SDP. A theme of this weblog throughout the year has been Open Innovation, the […]

Carrier Video Services: Trends and Opportunities

In a previous article, “The Internet’s gone Video: What does that mean to operators?” I gave a preview of the presentation I planned to give at the Dialogic One Event in the keynote session “Carrier Video Services Trends and Opportunities” on the 21st October in San Diego. The presentation, shown below, is split into four […]

Webinar on “Telco adoption of Web 2.0 principles and open innovation for rapid application development”

On the 30th October I’ll be giving a free Telestrategies webinar entitled “Telco adoption of Web 2.0 principles and open innovation for rapid application development.” The pitch for the webinar is: “The battle is intensifying between telcos, consumer device manufacturers (e.g. iPhone and Sony PS3) and web-based services (e.g. Google) in the delivery of services […]

The Internet’s gone Video: What does that mean to operators?

Video in operators has a long history.  In the beginning, AT&T built the first Picturephone system in 1956; by 1964 the “Mod 1″ was tested between exhibits at Disneyland and the New York World’s Fair.  The trial results indicated that people found the picture distracting for most conversations, and were not prepared to pay significantly […]