Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Verizon continues to make strong progress. Its FiOS TV service is clearly an important part of its FiOS offering.
France Telecom added 12,000 subscribers in Spain, giving it a total of 99,000. It added 85,000 in Poland ending the quarter with 198,000 subscribers.
France Telecom is continuing to do well. Its operation in Spain has even started to increase again.
This was a significant drop in new subscribers. I expect that the current economic crisis had a lot to do with it.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
- Sweden added 9,000 new subscribers, giving it a total of 333,000 at the end of the quarter.
- Norway added no new IPTV subscribers and ended the quarter with 10,000.
- Denmark added 1,000 new IPTV subscribers, ending the quarter with 2,000.
- Lithuania added 14,000, giving it 81,000 and the end of 1Q09.
- Estonia added 9,000 new IPTV subscribers, ending the quarter with 83,000.
Telia Sonera continued to have modest growth in its IPTV service.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
ATT continues to make good progress in spite of the difficult financial environment. It will easily exceed 2 million IPTV subscribers by the end of 2009 if it maintains this rate. It now sees its IPTV service as a significant driver for its broadband business.
Venezuela is taking a democratic approach and plans to offer a mass market service. This is a huge win for ZTE.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
PCCW continues more than five years of growth with its IPTV service.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
- IPTV Linear TV Service (ATIS-0800018), which establishes IPTV’s fundamental building blocks for expansion into more advanced services, including pay-per-view and next-generation gaming.
- IPTVConsumer Domain Device Configuration Metadata (ATIS-0800022), which specifies the data structures (metadata) required to provide basic information needed to acquire IPTV content.
- Media Formats and Protocols for IPTV Services (ATIS-0800013), which is a comprehensive listing of the protocols and media formats required for the implementation of IPTV-related services.
- IPTV Terminal Metadata Specification (ATIS-0800029), which defines the data structure that facilitates the exchange of user-related data and the IPTV devices
- Fault Codes for IPTV (ATIS-0800028), which includes a categorized listing of fault codes for IPTV functions and components.
These documents are available from the ATIS Document Store.
This is a good effort but it still seems like too little too late.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Apparently, Time Warner is bowing to public and political pressure. It continues to believe in usage caps and believes that it needs to better educate its users.
Personally, I think usage caps and usage charging will not be accepted and is a tool that Time Warner is using to quash competition from over the top Internet TV services.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
o Full Architecture and Deployment Services for Mediaroom
o B/OSS Integration Service
o 180SQUARED Framework B/OSS Package
Global Operations Manager
B/OSS Interfaces and Work Flow Engine
Basic STB Management
o Caller ID
o Remote (Web) PVR
Microsoft introduced the NPVR Mediaroom Anytime feature set, which provides the ability to:
- Restart Anytime offers the ability for viewers to rewind or restart the currently airing program from any point.
- Live Anytime allows viewers to scroll backward in the Interactive Program Guide to watch previously aired programs. These previously aired programs also can be made accessible through the service provider's video on demand library.
- Download Anytime extends Microsoft Mediaroom-powered services to more consumers by enabling viewers to download on-demand movies and programs to their set-top boxes so they can watch them anytime regardless of bandwidth constraints. For example, viewers could watch high-definition programs on low-bandwidth networks.
These NPVR functions are important IPTV services. They are very popular where they have been introduced in Europe and China. The U.S. providers are waiting to see the final results of the battle between Cablevision and the studios over this service.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Telco IPTV is just getting off the ground in Latin America. It faces major regulatory hurdles and strong cable and satellite competition.
Friday, April 10, 2009
These caps range from 5 GB per month to 150 GB per month.
It is always interesting to calculate how much HD TV viewing that these caps will permit. A cap of 10 GB permits less than 3 hours of HD viewing in the month. A cap of 100 GB permits less that 1 hour of HD viewing per day and a cap of 150 GB permits less that 1.5 hours per day.
Clearly these caps will discourage the use of the broadband service to deliver video to the TV. This is certainly a way that the telcos and the cable companies can keep their customers on their own TV services and away from over the top Internet TV services.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
- Par 3 Contest, which featured a live feed from the contest on Wednesday, April 8.
- Masters Extra, which gives AT&T viewers one hour of coverage before cable and network broadcast coverage begins.
- Amen Corner Live, which features live coverage of the 11th, 12th and 13th holes.
15th/16th Live, which features live coverage of the 15th and 16th holes.
- Masters Moments, featuring a series of 24 vignettes from past Tournaments available to U-Verse and PC viewers.
- Multiple Player Interviews, offered daily via U-verse TV VOD, the PC, and mobile video.
- Masters TV, including daily previews and recaps available via to the PC and mobile video.
This is a nice set of 3 screen programming. It does show the complexity of making this kind of offering. Consequently, compelling 3 screen programming will continue to be limited to these special events quite a while.
Friday, April 3, 2009
The Nokia Siemens middleware came from its acquisition of Myrio. Myrio's middleware was originally designed for the small U.S. independent telcos.
This is an interesting situation. It does not appear that Nokia Siemens has made the investment in the Myrio middleware to allow it to scale to meet Belgacom's needs and to support the next generation of interactive applications.
Microsoft's Mediaroom is an obvious candidate. I expect that Alcatel-Lucent will use its strong relationship with Belgacom to push the MyView middleware that it acquired from Telefonica. Thomson's middleware that is used by France Telecom should be another strong candidate.
It will be bad news for Arris/C-Cor, Amino, and Verimatrix if Belgacom its replaces Nokia Siemens middleware.