August 2015 – Television service delivery platforms (SDPs) are service creation and management systems that are designed to enable pay-TV service providers to meet the challenges of today’s dynamic and evolving video experience. They are used by service providers to manage pay-TV services, create and oversee the TV user experience, manage and oversee devices used to access and view TV, as well as controlling and managing video content passed through to the actual TV viewer.
This report provides an in-depth examination, category analysis and global forecast for TV service delivery platforms. It was researched and written by Steven Hawley of tvstrategies for SNL Kagan (an S&P Global company). The report is available only from SNL Kagan, on a direct basis.
TV SDPs are available from four types of suppliers:
- Telecommunications network suppliers, including carrier network and cable infrastructure suppliers. Platform suppliers in this category include ARRIS (including the former TV infrastructure units of Motorola and Pace), Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Nokia (former Alcatel-Lucent), and ZTE.
- Suppliers of conditional access and video security solutions. Suppliers in this category include Cisco (former NDS), Irdeto, and Nagra.
- Independent software and infrastructure vendors that focus primarily on TV. Suppliers include Beenius, Espial, Innovative Systems, Minerva Networks, Nagra (OpenTV), Nordija, and SeaChange International
- Systems Integrators and other providers of professional services, including Accenture. Several of the above companies also provide such services.
Pay-TV delivery has made a major transition: From STBs in fixed locations, controlled directly by the pay-TV providers, to today’s anytime, anywhere, any screen experience; even to devices that are owned by the consumer and outside of the operator’s direct control. SDPs have not only enabled this transition, but have also become virtualized in their own right; deployable in the cloud.