Monday, December 29, 2008
Success with IPTV is clearly not easy. This shows the importance of content. It is not possible to succeed in Italy without Sky Italia content.
Friday, December 26, 2008
I think that this is a potential solution for the Net Neutrality problem, but I am no sure that it will help and IPTV network dominated by unicast IPTV traffic.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The small independent U.S. Telcos are a tough market. There are about 1,000 of them with an average of only a couple of thousand customers each. There are actually quite a number with less than 1,000 customers. It is hard to build up a large subscriber base focusing at the low end of this market.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The ITU will work with the HomeGrid Forum, which has been formed to support the G.hn standards efforts.
Recommendation ITU-T G.9960 focuses on the physical or PHY layer, giving the data bit rate and quality of service necessary for triple-play residential services as well as business-type services delivered over xDSL, PON, or other access technology. In step with ITU guidelines on new standards development, several power saving modes have been incorporated. Ongoing work is focused on the media access control (MAC) layer.
Home networking is clearly a key issue for IPTV services. The ITU is entering a field that is already occupied by MoCA and HPNA. The ITU brings considerable weight as the premier global telecom standards organization.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Alan Weinkrantz has written a blog posting describing how he got ATT to drop his cost for a triple bundle from $164 per month to $94 per month by threatening to move to a competitor.
This shows how competitive it is becoming where Telco IPTV services are available in the U.S. I am sure that the cable companies are making similar offers to minimize churn.
ATT also said that its U-verse service install times have decreased by 17 percent since 4Q07. More than 90 percent of its U-verse subscribers also subscribe to a broadband data service. 54 percent of its U-verse subscribers did not previously subscribe to DSL services.
ATT has put U-verse on the map as a major competitor in the U.S. pay TV market. The U.S. cable companies clearly have to include ATT as well as Verizon in their competitive calculations.
Friday, December 5, 2008
This blog has chronicled many of PCCW's innovations over the last two years. Click on the PCCW link below to see other articles.
PCCW is really the poster child how to use IPTV to improve revenues, improve market position, and to reduce churn.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The goal of 1.5 million IPTV subscribers by the end of 2011 is attainable with an aggressive offering. However, the company is struggling to meet its 2008 target and has not yet shown that it has found how to generate significant growth in its IPTV service.