Friday, June 20, 2008

Win Multimedia to Offer WiFi IPTV in Thailand

Win Multimedia will deliver IPTV to a set-top box connected to the TV as well as to the PC over its WiFi based broadband network in Thailand and China. The IPTV services include 60 broadcast channels with an NPVR service, video on demand, Karaoke, Information Services, SMS, Tracking, Interactive Services, Gaming, and video conferencing. Win plans to sell the service at 10 thousand retail outlets in Thailand and China.

Digisoft is providing the middleware for this service, and Verimatrix is providing the content security. Both companies are supporting both PC and set-top box access.

This is an interesting deployment. It is the first wireless IPTV service I have run into. By this I mean wireless to the TV and not TV to a mobile device. It is also one of the first deployment that I have seen that is going to rely exclusively on retail sales channels.


Anonymous said...

I wonder how many users and what quality can the wifi network to bear IPTV service?

Bob Larribeau said...

I don't know how to estimate the total throughput of a WiFi access point, but I know that the throughput of a single link is about 10 to 15 Mbps with 802.11g. Ruckus wireless addes a lot of secret sauce to get it to deliver IPTV in homes. These problems should diminish with 802.11n.

It would be good to hear from any reader who can comment on this.