Long reads


The high road

While demand for HDTV is beginning to take off in key markets such as the UK, the economics remain challenging for many players. Graham Pomphrey and Stuart Thomson assess recent developments. High-definition TV has always presented something of a challenge to international channel providers. All know they need to make the move to HD but […]

A view from the top

The growing availability of technologies to deliver so-called ‘over-the-top’ services present both challenges and opportunities to service providers. Stuart Thomson and Graham Pomphrey investigate. The delivery of over-the-top content – effectively meaning content providers bypass traditional service providers and aggregators by delivering services over the open internet – has been a hot topic for broadband […]

Operating overload

The introduction of new services is continuing to put pressure on service providers to upgrade their back end systems in order to manage their portfolio more effectively. Farah Jifri reports. As operators add more services they find themselves juggling the need to streamline costs while at the same time delivering the end-user experience that consumers […]

All for the kids

Kids channel providers are increasingly looking beyond TV to maximise the value of their assets. Andy Fry reports. These days, it makes no sense to consider kids channels in isolation. Increasingly, they are best thought of as one of the many mechanisms by which kids content owners reach out to their target audiences. Others include […]

Motion pictures

Mobile broadcast has been slow to take off, and mobile operators are increasingly questioning whether the technology will be needed. Farah Jifri examines the issues. Mobile TV is has been a major topic of debate for a while now, much of it generated by broadcast technology standards: DVB-H/DVB-SH versus MediaFLO or DMB. We have long […]

Ad and divide

The use of two-way networks to deliver targeted advertising remains more a promise than a reality, despite the impact of the internet and the economic downturn on TV ad revenues. Stuart Thomson investigates. The TV advertising business is not having the best of times. It is seen as having been outpaced by the more nimble […]

Advanced applications

While IPTV services once comprised basic video-on-demand offerings, a number of providers are now looking to offer more advanced applications. According to Stephen Petheram, Microsoft Mediaroom’s (IBC Topaz) director of media services for EMEA and APAC, operators are looking to applications to differentiate their services from their rivals: “TV applications are seen as a key […]

IPTV at the conference

The IBC 2009 conference features a number of sessions that touch on IPTV – from the need for standardisation to the business case for distribution to multiple devices. This year’s IBC conference will include a number of sessions that touch on IPTV directly, or focus on areas closely tangential to it, such as online TV […]

Content security

With the number of actual and potential video distribution channels proliferating, flexible but effective content security solutions are becoming more important than ever. Content security remains a crucial piece in the IPTV technology puzzle. With the advent of complex IP-based distribution over multiple networks and to multiple devices, demands placed on content security technology are […]

Set-top solutions

Set-top box vendors must be ready to serve operators of all shapes and sizes with a range of business models. Set-top box vendors, like other technology providers in the IPTV space, are caught at a cross roads. On the one hand, new IPTV services continue to launch with very basic features, while on the other, […]