In a glass half full/half empty conundrum, a pair of analyst reports reached the conclusion that connected devices are making inroads into the consumer's home entertainment setup, but are not ubiquitous by any stretch of the imagination.
What do cable-ready TVs have to do with the IPTV space? They were one of the first of a long line of devices intended to circumvent the cable operator's desire to reap rewards from premium channels. But what stopped the free ride on cable-ready TVs is the same thing that will stymie Amazon and other non-linear providers hoping to cash in on set-top boxes and other IP gateways.
In the vision of Netflix CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings, the future has already been written and his company--and Internet-based video as a whole--has conquered the traditional linear TV business.
Service providers who see TV Everywhere as just a way to offset the advances of over-the-top video onto their networks are missing the whole picture, a research analyst at The Diffusion Group (TDG) have warned.
AT&T could be looking at a way to add some form of online streaming to its U-verse IPTV service. And it wouldn't necessarily be the carrier's creation.
The next generation of HDTV--4K, or UltraHD--is beginning to take root in Japan even as the current generation saturates the U.S. market, setting up a potential dilemma for service providers with a huge installed base of set-top boxes that would need to be replaced in order to handle 4K content.
While news about IPTV growth in the United States is generally muted (with the exception of new players like Sony and Intel trying to get into the space), things are a little hotter north of the border. A report by IHS Screen Digest Television Intelligence reports "IPTV is rapidly gaining momentum at the expense of incumbent cable and satellite services" in Canada.
There is something intrinsically futile about choosing a year's top stories. What seems like major news might be nothing but a blip on history's screen. Thus, when asked to come up with 2012's top stories in the IPTV space, I stepped back and took a longer look at what it all meant. It helped that no story in 2012 demanded attention; many were just part of ongoing trends that will evolve over time.
Netflix's blockbuster three-year deal with Walt Disney Co. will probably change the way multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) approach their premium content delivery and the over-the-top space. From a content provider perspective, Starz--one of the big three premium channels, along with HBO and Showtime--will certainly feel the heat as it loses its rights to Disney content.
A new survey found 52 percent of U.S. households with pay TV now have a DVR, roughly twice the number of those who had it just five years ago.