IPTV and I-TV on potential collision course

October 11, 2021

IPTV could be on a collision course with the Internet TV services being offered by the likes of Joost and Babelgum, according to a senior executive at IBM.

Speaking at the Broadband World Forum in Berlin yesterday, Rob Van Dem Dan, the European telecom leader for IBM, said there are a number of potential collision points between telcos offering IPTV to their customers and Internet firms launching video-based websites.

One issue is distribution, which has already sparked arguments in the U.S. about so-called “net neutrality” — whether telcos should be free to filter traffic travelling over their networks and make Internet companies pay for a prioritized service.

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VOD to the rescue for television

October 7, 2021

Summary of original post on hollywoodreporter:

To combat foreign piracy and to attract younger audiences abroad who, like their American counterparts, want their shows whenever and wherever, they’re increasingly focusing on such new-fangled deals.

Such deals with foreign broadcast partners may not only create a new revenue stream but also keep their traditional output and volume deals with those broadcasters from taking a hit.

Gallic broadcaster TF1 has responded to the increasing illegal Internet downloads by signing a deal with NBC Universal to air episodes from Season 2 of “Heroes” on its VOD site just 24 hours after the original U.S. broadcast (HR 9/26).

Disney-ABC International Television and Channel 4 Finland inked an IPTV VOD agreement to bring hit U.S. network series on-demand to viewers for up to four days after their U.S. TV broadcast.

Beth Minehart, executive vp international new media at NBC Universal International Television Distribution, who was central to the TF1 deal, said that the studio is “actively talking to many people in many markets about similar types of contracts.”

One of the first to raise the red flag to fan-based piracy was Marion Edwards, president of international television at 20th Century Fox, who revealed that this season’s premiere of “Prison Break” was on the Internet within 11 minutes of its broadcast.

Another international executive keeping a close eye on VOD developments is Armando Nunez, president of CBS Paramount International Television, who noted that “broadcasters around the world” are looking to get U.S. programs on the air much faster these days.

“Part of the solution might also be what NBC Universal has done with TF1 and ‘Heroes,’ which might give a boost in dubbed territories where the local-language premiere is still the priority,” he added.

Schlesinger stressed that shows like “Heroes” command an audience that is suited to this model because they are serialized and appeal either to sci-fi fans or to a youth audience that knows its way around the Internet.

“VOD won’t kill piracy, but hopefully as we get more into these rights, people will feel less likely to steal when the same program is available on broadcasters’ own sites.”

Your bandwidth could become a currency

August 29, 2021

Internet bandwidth could become a global currency under a proposed model for the future of e-commerce that exploits a novel peer-to-peer video sharing application designed by a trans-Atlantic team of computer scientists.

The researchers were inspired to use a version of the Tribler video sharing software as a model for an e-commerce system because of such flexibility, speed, and reliability.

They are proposing earn-and-spend market model, where the more a user uploads now and the higher the quality of the contributions, the more she would be able to download later and the faster the download speed.

[Via presesc]

Vint Cert talk about the future of TV

August 28, 2021

Talking at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Vint Cerf - one of the handful of researchers who helped build the internet in the 1970s - said that the television industry would change rapidly as it approached its “iPod moment”.

“85% of all video we watch is pre-recorded, so you can set your system to download it all the time,” he said. “You’re still going to need live television for certain things - like news, sporting events and emergencies - but increasingly it is going to be almost like the iPod, where you download content to look at later.”

The arrival of internet television has long been predicted, although it has succeeded in limited ways so far. Last month the BBC launched its free iPlayer download service, and digital video recorders such as Sky Plus and Freeview Playback allow viewers to instantly pause and record live television.

Some critics, including a number of leading internet service providers, have warned that the increase in video on the web could eventually bring down the internet. They are concerned that millions of people downloading at the same time using services such as iPlayer could overwhelm the network.

“It’s an understandable worry when they see huge amounts of information being moved around online,” he said. But some pundits had predicted 20 years ago that the net would collapse when people started using it en masse, he added. “In the intervening 30 years it’s increased a million times over … We’re far from exhausting the capacity.”

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IPTV is going to kill the internet?

August 14, 2021

I highly doubt the internet is going to collapse due to large amount of “Internet Protocol TV” traffic. YouTube has already been chewing a lot of bandwidth and the internet has not yet slowed down because of it. ;-)

If any thing this will give opportunity to ISP to change their pricing model and buy more network gear to increase bandwidth capacity between themselves and their clients.

Competition should take care of price gouging ISPs (I hope).

Below is a summary of the TechCrunch post:

European ISPs are up in arms over the BBC’s new online TV player, iPlayer. Concerns from service providers such as Tiscali and companies like Carphone Warehouse center around, of all things, a fear of the BBC’s player being too successful and pounding their networks during peak hours.

As the Financial Times reports Mary Turner, CEO of Tiscali UK says, “The internet was not set up with a view to distributing video. We have been improving their capacity, but the bandwidth we have is not infinite”.

Add to this concerns over Joost’s ability to compete head to head on quality with other online video providers and it paints a poor picture for TV getting online.

We’re due for an upgrade in the U.S. The U.S.’s top broadband speeds actually lag behind other OECD countries. Japan’s surfers can connect to the internet on a 100 Mbps Ferrari compared to the U.S topping out at a 40 Mbps 1970’s hatchback.

[Via techcrunch]

Joost not so fast, TV not moving to the web just yet

June 19, 2021

The prevailing fear of the complete transition of television content to the Internet — and the horrible impact this will have on television advertising — is just plain wrong.

Thankfully, with the move to digital in 2009, along with the arrival of new technology systems that will build on the legacy of television advertising, the advantages that television on the Internet has for advertisers will evaporate.

So, beyond security problems and having to pretend watching “Heroes” on a small computer monitor is just as good as watching it on an high-definition TV, new “television-killing” Internet portals have nothing that television will not be able to offer advertisers in only a short time.

[Via Mediapost]

Internet traffic overload ahead

June 17, 2021

As the flood of data across the internet continues to increase, there are those that say sometime soon it is going to collapse under its own weight. The YouTube and Joost generation want to stream video, and download gigabytes of data in one go.

“The network is growing up, is starting to get more capacity than it ever had, but it is a challenge. “Back in the days of the dotcom boom in the late 90s, billions of dollars were invested around the world in laying cables,” said net expert Bill Thompson.

Much more high-speed optic fibre has been laid than we currently need, and scientists are confident that each strand can be pushed to carry almost limitless amounts of data in the form of light. But long before a backbone wire itself gets overloaded, the strain may begin to show on the devices at either end - the routers. “The real issue that people are going to face, and are already noticing at home, is that ISPs are starting to cut back on the bandwidth that is available to people in their homes,” said Mr Thompson.

[Via news.bbc.co.uk]

Internet TV channels promise to give viewers and advertisers a fresh look

June 10, 2021

Canadian Press

BANFF, Alta. — The Internet’s infinite universe is continuing to expand and its 700 million users are bound to provide fertile ground for the full-scale arrival of Internet TV, an international conference heard Sunday.

One item that’s getting attention nextMEDIA, a conference on the future of digital content, is Joost, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television. Joost has over 150 channels, including cartoons, sports, comedy, documentaries and science fiction.

Stacey Seltzer, the company’s senior vice-president, says the idea is to provide relief for viewers who are sick of regular TV.

“It’s our feeling that viewers don’t mind advertising. What they mind is the clutter and being bombarded by lots and lots of advertising.”

Online TV will be free to consumers, who will also be viewing interactive ads. Internet tracking will then allow advertisers to know if they’re engaging the viewer.

“All of that is measurable, and for advertisers that’s exactly what they want.”

But the system isn’t quite ready for prime time. It’s in what’s known as the `beta stage,’ which limits it’s use until all the bugs are worked out.

But Seltzer says there are already 600,000 users with an additional 10,000-20,000 downloads of the software every day.

“Consumers want a rich media experience on the web. It’s part of our daily lives,” he says.

“There was a kind of inevitability that video would begin to transform the web just as music and web pages did from the static days of e-mail.”

Seltzer says TV broadcasters around the world are embracing the Internet as a medium in which they can reach new audiences.

Alliance Atlantis already syndicates a number of science-fiction shows on Joost. Claude Galipeau, senior vice-president of digital media, says Alliance is negotiating for more titles.

“The benefit is reaching new viewers, having viewers interact themselves with the content and also making money off of it,” says Galipeau.

“For example, we can open up a channel — the Alliance Atlantis sci-fi channel — and provide sci-fi content to the fans.”

Galipeau is impressed with the system he’s been using, but concedes there are a couple of concerns about “people’s willingness to watch content on a computer screen,” and how many would link their computers to a high-quality TV for better viewing.

Other impediments include the speed of a user’s Internet connection, because video streaming requires a fast link.