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Cable Gets Serious About IP Video

NEW YORK -- Cable Next-Gen Video Strategies -- Cable's interest in IP video has moved well past the flirtation phase. In fact, several MSOs are ready to make their move.

About 40 percent of cable operators plan to launch IP video services by 2012, and nearly 80 percent of cable providers have already launched or intend to start trials or full deployments by that time, revealed Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Alan Breznick at this morning's opening session.

Breznick, citing a one-year study of 50 to 60 MSOs from around the globe, said about 46 percent of operators expect IP-based set-tops to become a "mainstream" product by next year, with about 75 percent expecting the same by 2013. (See Cable's IPTV Motivation.)

He said about one-third of cable providers surveyed intend to use a hosted or cloud-based service to support IP video, while more than half are still deciding on a strategy.

Some of cable's IP video momentum is clearly evident, as several major MSOs, including Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), start to pitch a mix of on-demand and linear content to devices such as PCs and tablets. TW Cable, meanwhile, has kicked the tires on a pure IPTV trial using Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Mediaroom platform. (See Cablevision Launches iPad App With 280+ Channels , TWC's iPad App Launches With (Some) Live TV, Comcast Forges 'Excalibur' for IPTV, Comcast Keeps Eye on the iPad Prize and TWC Taps Microsoft Mediaroom for IPTV Test .)

Although content rights have been the subject of recent dust-ups between MSOs and programmers, Breznick said cable's RF-based legacy video systems are the biggest challenges MSOs face as they move ahead on IP video migration strategies. About one-third of the MSOs surveyed by Heavy Reading cited high costs as the primary barrier to an all-out IPTV migration. (See Fox to TW Cable: Stop Streaming Our Stuff and TW Cable, Programmers Brace for iPad App Battle.)

Check back early and often for more coverage from today's event.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:06:41 PM
re: Cable Gets Serious About IP Video


Uhh....U-verse is multicast as is virtually every IP video over DSL offering.




DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:06:41 PM
re: Cable Gets Serious About IP Video

ksgeek's post looks like spam to me. 

I'll nuke it in just a sec.

ksgeek 12/5/2012 | 5:06:41 PM
re: Cable Gets Serious About IP Video

The current problem with most IPTV solutions (ie Unicast streaming) is the bandwidth. It's a hog having to send a new stream to every user. Another technology (Multicast) that offers a one to many platform was considered for a while.

It had a lot of problems. The least of which was security.

You might want to check out a new proprietary Multicast technology called S.M.A.R.T. at www.worldcast.tv . The problems of security coupled with it's scalabiltiy make it worth considering.

Anyone looking at IP delivery will need to understand how to conserve precious bandwidth especially when it comes to video.




paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:06:40 PM
re: Cable Gets Serious About IP Video


Perhaps you missed my point.

I started deploying multicast IP video over DSL about 10 years ago.  There are literally millions of homes deployed.  The technology is quite mature.



ksgeek 12/5/2012 | 5:06:40 PM
re: Cable Gets Serious About IP Video Are we talking about new technology that works, or just bashing the "Cable Industry"?

I may have stumbled on to the wrong site.
ksgeek 12/5/2012 | 5:06:40 PM
re: Cable Gets Serious About IP Video Are you ready to vett a new technology with an open mind? Might take a little work on your part.

Calling it "spam" means to me that you don't really don't have enough experience to recommend any technology. Let me know when you're willing to grow up.
ksgeek 12/5/2012 | 5:06:39 PM
re: Cable Gets Serious About IP Video Perhaps I did miss the point. Phil's reference to "nuking my spam" threw me. My point was not to dismiss the technology. Quite the contrary. I've deployed thousands of miles of HFC in my cable career, and as the subject of the post inferred, maybe it's time that "cable take a more serious look at multicast.

The Worldcast.tv technology didn't claim to invent multicast, just make it better and more reliable.

"You can lead a horse to water... " as they say.
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:06:37 PM
re: Cable Gets Serious About IP Video


I guess I would have to say that a closed solution like what Worldcast puts out has about a 0% chance of success.  I have deployed multicast IP video using many standard components in the infrastructure.  The biggest issue normally is to make sure that the STBs are integrated with the IP video middleware.  But the transmission components based around IGMP would have no reason to be custom.  The basics of the website look a lot like an implementation of PIM.




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