& cplSiteName &

What's Underneath OTT?

Sarah Thomas
9/5/2012
50%
50%

8:00 AM -- For network operators, over-the-top (OTT) content is typically greeted with uncertainty, animosity and the unmistakeable sound of spectrum crunching. Now, though, there's evidence that some operators are at least addressing the issue, rather than just complaining about it -- or even ignoring it.

Service providers -- wireless and pay TV alike -- know they need to deal with the OTT issue, either by partnering or competing, or some combination of the two. But in order to do so, they have to know exactly what they're dealing with.

Really understanding OTT content -- optimizing, analyzing and even monetizing it -- is the topic of a panel I'll be moderating on Sept. 10 at the The International Institute of Telecommunications (IIT) 's Real-Time Communications conference here in Chicago.

Now, it's not often one gets asked to moderate a panel that brings together heavy hitters from AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) with a remit to get as technical as possible.

But that's the position I find myself in as I prepare for the panel, titled "What's Underneath OTT?"

With panelists from both the wireless and pay-TV sectors of the industry, we're going to cover a lot of ground, including how to bridge the gap between the two, ensuring quality of experience and security across any device, how to approach the cloud, content issues, emerging standards and, of course, how to make money from OTT traffic.

And, as panelist Jose de Francisco Lopez, a marketing director at Alcatel-Lucent, points out, finding out what's underneath OTT is no longer a job just for the network engineers to handle. The network world is merging with the IT world in the cloud, and you can bet the panel will delve into how service providers are Bridging the Chasm as they develop their Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) strategies. (See The SPIT Manifesto 2.0 and Bridging the Chasm: A Manifesto.)

If you have questions for the panelists, feel free to leave them in the comments section below. And, go ahead, get as technical as you want -- they aren't scared!

Even better, hope to see some of you in the Windy City on Monday for the IIT's show.

For more




— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

(4)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
joanengebretson
50%
50%
joanengebretson,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:21:53 PM
re: What's Underneath OTT?


Hello Sarah-


This isn't super-technical, but I'd be interested in getting panelists' take on the future of over-the-air television. Are there ways to enhance it, a la Aereo, & to make it part of an attractive bundle that also includes Internet-delivered OTT content?


 


 

joanengebretson
50%
50%
joanengebretson,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:21:52 PM
re: What's Underneath OTT?


Here's another one for the panel:


Do they expect to see more disputes such as the one involving Level 3 carrying streaming content for Netflix and incurring the wrath of "eyeball" network operators who have to upgrade their infrastructure to support the higher traffic level? Can technology play a role in solving the problem or at least resolving disputes?


 

sarahthomas1011
50%
50%
sarahthomas1011,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:21:38 PM
re: What's Underneath OTT?


Thanks, Joan! Great questions. Will I see you at the show?

joanengebretson
50%
50%
joanengebretson,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:21:37 PM
re: What's Underneath OTT?


Not sure if I can make it. But it sounds like an interesting event.

More Blogs from Que Sera Sarah
Ten worthy women and two trailblazing startups made the shortlist this year for Women in Comms' Leading Lights awards. Winners will be unveiled soon at BCE.
It's a great, important time to be a woman in comms and to join our upcoming Transformation Summit in Austin on May 14 (men too!).
Keeping quiet about sexual harassment is the worst way to put an end to it.
More women in leadership and board positions could help combat sexual harassment in the workplace. Join WiC in Denver as we discuss this and more on March 22.
IBM alleges Microsoft's hire of its Chief Diversity Officer Lindsay-Rae McIntyre violates its non-compete agreement, but should improving diversity be a proprietary process?
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
May 14-16, 2018, Austin Convention Center
May 14, 2018, Brazos Hall, Austin, Texas
September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
November 7-8, 2018, London, United Kingdom
November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
I'm Back for the Future of Communications
Phil Harvey, US News Editor, 4/20/2018
BDAC Blowback – Ex-Chair Arrested
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 4/17/2018
Verizon: Lack of Interoperability, Consistency Slows Automation
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/18/2018
AT&T Exec Dishes That He's Not So Hot on Rival-Partner Comcast
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 4/19/2018
Facebook Hearings Were the TIP of the Data Iceberg
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/20/2018
Animals with Phones
I Heard There Was a Dresscode... Click Here
Live Digital Audio

A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed