Posts Categorized: Industry Research

New Report: TV Service Delivery Platforms 2014 (MRG)

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MRG-2014-SDP-thumbA new report by Steven Hawley of tvstrategies, titled Multiplatform TV Middleware: TV Service Delivery Platforms, is now available from Multimedia Research Group (MRG, an SNL Kagan company).

The report provides a thorough examination and analysis of the TV Service Delivery Platform (TV SDP) category, and of the SDP offerings available to pay-TV operators from 17 different suppliers.  It provides a comprehensive resource for operators that are evaluating new TV service platforms, as well as for those seeking to understand the latest capabilities through which they can enhance their existing offerings or take them multiscreen.

Further information is available at the tvstrategies Web site, and from MRG.


FCC issues 15th “Annual” Report on Video Competition

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The FCC has issued the Fifteenth Report on Video Competition, as mandated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Although it had been issued annually in the past, this is the FCC’s first such report since 2010.

Needless to say, a lot has changed since then:

  • Cable has lost more than 2.5 million subscribers
  • Between them, AT&T and Verizon have achieved 10 million subscribers
  • IP delivery and “the Cloud” have transformed TV service infrastructure
  • TV programmers are now online via “TV Everywhere”
  • Over-the-Top and multiscreen services have become mainstream
  • The next round of competitors looms large: Google, Apple, Intel…

It’s interesting to compare this report to the 14th Report, which remains available. My bet is that the 16th Report will make mention of connected cars, home control, and home automation – all of them being on the radar screens of the pay TV service providers.

New Report: The Connected Car (MRG)

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MRG has published a new report by Steven Hawley of tvstrategies titled “The Connected Car – New Opportunities for Service Providers, their Suppliers and Software Developers.” The new report provides an in-depth introduction and analysis of the Connected Car, which is the next great market opportunity for companies that provide telecommunications, pay-TV, online video and digital home solutions to consumers. This opportunity is equally available to companies that provide the devices, software, and infrastructure elements that enable those solutions.

New Report: Multiscreen Video Security (MRG)

Posted by & filed under Blog, Industry Research, Multiscreen, Reports, Security.

MRG has released the report Multiscreen Video Security, written by Steven Hawley of tvstrategies. The report describes the Conditional Access (CA) and Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies used to secure pay TV content across a wide range of connected CE devices, and includes a global forecast through 2016. Security products and solutions from eleven (11) leading video security vendors are detailed, including the types of distribution and devices that they support.

In addition to CA and DRM, the report explains the roles of watermarking, fingerprinting, key obfuscation, embedded root-of-trust, clone detection, tamper detection and link-layer security; and explains how these enabling technologies work.

Click here for further information.

Telecompetitor: For OTT, there’s strength in numbers

Posted by & filed under Blog, Conferences, Industry Research, Telecompetitor.

The results of two significant online video consumer studies were presented at the recent TelcoTV conference, and highlights from NBC Universal’s online video research from the 2012 London Olympics were also published. The numbers say that the demise of pay TV has been greatly over-exaggerated, and the potential for multiscreen services is clear, including for pay TV operators. Read the rest of this post at Telecompetitor…