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Verizon: HD VOD Is Coming

CHICAGO -- NXTcomm -- What's the next big thing that's going to ride down Verizon's FiOS network to consumer homes? High-definition video on demand, according to the company's executives attending the NXTcomm show this week.

After a press dinner on Monday, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) CTO Mark Wegleitner remarked that a high-def VOD service was "in the lab stage" and that the current fiber network "could support it right now."

Wegleitner added that "there is an internal time table for its launch that is currently being debated." So the launch date's not clear, the service specifics are still being refined, but Verizon is solidly moving toward the biggest, best offering possible in VOD.

During the NXTcomm related event in Chicago, Wegleitner also outlined to a room full of press the reasoning for the decision to go with an FTTP network and shed some light on future technological changes that will be coming, including a move beyond GPON.

"We are looking beyond GPON with a three- to five-year timeframe," said Wegleitner. The next step will be a move to wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM), a technology that would give each customer its own wavelength to its home which translates to about 1 Gbit/s for each individual household. "WDM is ahead of us."

Wegleitner also said that Verizon is moving toward IPTV and that it has an evolution plan in place that would take "two years minimum" to begin. "It's going to be an all IPTV world within a three- to five-year time frame."

— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading

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OldPOTS 12/5/2012 | 3:06:30 PM
re: Verizon: HD VOD Is Coming My best guess of the technology scenario;

For existing customers, and until they get GPON they will use HD over analog part of BPON. Initially GPON will be installed in large greenfields and then in all new installations. DWM PON is just a dream of the CTO who needs to keep his job for at least 5 years.


Been there, done that
OldPOTS 12/5/2012 | 3:06:29 PM
re: Verizon: HD VOD Is Coming Cable has the same type of problem.

See; 'Bandwidth Dogs Digital Transition' ....
In addition to freeing up shelf space for HDTV services, operators must also find gobs of bandwidth to accomodate the February 2009 digital TV transition ''';


And I keep being told bandwidth is almost [email protected]#$%^&*(#$%^

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:06:28 PM
re: Verizon: HD VOD Is Coming
The term "garbage" would equate to your comments. Which is that even if it worked perfectly, that there is not enough bandwidth in U-verse to compete in the video market. I would have said, it is throwing money down the drain.

derac 12/5/2012 | 3:06:28 PM
re: Verizon: HD VOD Is Coming I wouldn't go so far as to call U-Verse garbage but I think it is 'challenged' when it comes to the onslaught of HD content that we are witnessing. The TV viewing model will change but it will take time and during that transition the current cable, fiber and satellite video delivery systems will prevail.
twill009 12/5/2012 | 3:06:27 PM
re: Verizon: HD VOD Is Coming Sailboat, thanks for trying to elevate the discussion.

FWIW, as an observer of technology companies, i usually heavily discount what companies say about things 3-5 years out. They know they will not be held to account for such statements by either investors or the SEC, so they can make Grand Pronouncements and demonstrate that they have 'the Vision thing'. No one will ask them in 2012, "Hey, didn't you say you'd be doing WDM PON by now?"

More to your points: from what i have heard, GPON is happening later at VZ than originally thought, not sooner. Anybody else have insights on this specific issue?

I am very interested to see how they manage the BPON to GPON transition. The risk of 'stranding' early adopters is a real issue.
opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 3:06:25 PM
re: Verizon: HD VOD Is Coming "1) Verizon says that an all "IPTV" world is coming in 2-3 years. What does this say about their investment BPON? "
Actually it has put them in a good position relative to their competitors. IPTV clearly had some problems at ATT. Verizon has been able to run a cable type system to supply its customers with product and can take its time getting IPTV working.

"2) HD VOD. What technology will they use to deliver this? " Depending on the stability, scalability of IPTV, it can do it like cable, or it can do it through IPTV or it can do one, then upgrade to the other.

"3) WDM PON. They state they will be there in 5 years....Does this imply that VZ will have to make once again massive investments to upgrade the PON network they just built?"
I assume the biggest cost is the trenching to place the fiber, the drilling to get fiber into the house, and the power system including the battery--not to mention negotiating franchise agreements to let them do all this. These expenses will not have to be repeated, even if they want to upgrade to a 100Gig system 50 years from now.

ATT, on the other hand....
rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 3:06:24 PM
re: Verizon: HD VOD Is Coming ATT, on the other hand....

Is responding to market signals and putting capital into places that will likely generate an ROI. Let's see what happens with the iphone. Whitacre isn't a dummy and neither is his replacement. VZ on the other hand is pandering to FCC chairman Martin.

The cable cos and the libertarians got that part right. The FCC should be disbanded and capital should flow without its influence. The second Martin is gone, FiOS is dead in the water, as egg will no longer be able to land on his face.
UberNeoCon 12/5/2012 | 3:06:24 PM
re: Verizon: HD VOD Is Coming "I would have said, it is throwing money down the drain."

What is another name for something that you throw down the drain that begins with "G"?
rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 3:06:24 PM
re: Verizon: HD VOD Is Coming I am very interested to see how they manage the BPON to GPON transition. The risk of 'stranding' early adopters is a real issue.

The stranded costs will borne by those who invest anything more than a nickel into these PON efforts. It's already been proven as a failed model. Nobody buys the bundle but rather one and, maybe two, so-called "services" which means insufficient cash flows to cover the sunk costs.
derac 12/5/2012 | 3:06:22 PM
re: Verizon: HD VOD Is Coming I guess we are in violent agreement then that U-Verse will struggle given the other options available. I didn't see any reason to denigrate the technology when it is simply being misused.
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