FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Demand for IPTV Video Content Changes the Broadcast Business
Who would have thought two years ago that cable companies in the United States would start losing subscribers to the Internet? Fast forward to Summer 2010 and you'll find yourself in a weak U.S. economy where household budgets have gotten so tight that six of the eight largest U.S. cable operators reported record video subscriber losses.
While cable companies lost 711,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year, IPTV companies gained more than 400,000 subscribers, as more and more people turn to the Internet for entertainment. The "digital natives," as the industry likes to call them, have quickly created a culture dominated by Netflix, Hulu and free Web video-on-demand. Unfortunately for the cable companies, younger audiences have become skilled in their ability to find free content. If the jobs market remains bleak, they may find that paying for video content will become as obsolete as the dial-up modem.
Fortunately for satellite and the IP industry, this discussion has taken place for some time and instead of marching forward with the same content delivery strategies, the focus has been placed on techology, quality of service and security. Dish Network recently launched its own version of Hulu, which will enable both subscribers and non-subscribers to access their content database on a pay-to-play pricing structure. If broadcast industry analysts and their projections come true, it will prove Dish Network's new plan is genuine forward-thinking.
News Editor, Satellite TODAY
Shifting Market Dynamics See Broadcasters Focus More on IP-based Revenue
Numerous studies forecast massive growth in the consumption of video services via mobile devices, some predicting that mobile video will account for two-thirds of mobile handheld data use by 2015, and at the same time, over-the-top TV delivery services such as Hulu, Netflix and YouTube also are showing strong growth in subscribers... More»
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KeyOn Acquires SouthWest Wireless Net
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IPTV To Almost Double Share of Pay-TV Market
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Cisco IRIS Technology Passes U.S. Military Satellite Orbit Test
Cisco’s Space-router technology has passed a U.S. Military Satellite Orbit Test ...More»
Envivo Secures Financing for IP Platform
IP service provider Envivio has secured $15 million in financing from unnamed venture capital and banking sources, the company announced July 28 ...More»
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Satellite Companies Tackle IP Network Security Issues
For many years, satellite networks were isolated, private affairs enjoying security through obscurity, but that all changed with the advent of IP-based networking gear, VPN backhauls and broadband ISPs. Network security should be the top priority of every hardware manufacturer and satellite service provider, but unfortunately, many satellite networks are not subjected to the same rigor as terrestrial-based networks ...More»
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Chello Multicanal Managing Director Looks to Monetize Diverse Platform Offering
Chello Multicanal is a leading channel provider in Spain and Portugal and part of the Chellomedia Group. Earlier this year, Chellomedia acquired Teuve, a group of TV channels previously owned by Spanish cable operator ONO. These have now been integrated into Chello Multicanal. The man responsible for leading the growth for Chello Multicanal is Managing Director Eduardo Zulueta, who discusses the integration of Teuve into current operations, expansion of its broadcasting reach, brand creation, new revenue streams and increased ownership of content ...More»
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Marlink Signs Agreement with Fastnet for Sealiink Services
Marlink secured a three-year contract with Irish ferry operator Fastnet Line for Marlink’s Sealink service ...More»
Newtec Wins U.S. Government FlexACM Order
Newtec has won a multi-million dollar contract to provide its FlexACM technology, supporting IP-trunking satellite links, to an unnamed government prime contractor in the United States ...More»
Avanti Taps Computerlinks to Distribute Business Internet Continuity Service
Avanti signed contract for U.K.-based Computerlinks to become the first distributor of Avanti’s Business Internet Continuity (BIC) service ...More»
O3B Networks Signs First Gateway Service Deal in Greece
European Media Port (EMP) will be the first provider of gateway teleport services for O3b Networks after the companies signed a long-term agreement that allows for the provision of a range of O3b services from EMP’s Nemea Teleport in Greece ...More»
LightSquared Contracts Siterra to Manage 4G Network Rollout
Harbinger Capital subsidiary LightSquared has selected software management firm Siterra to manage the deployment, installation, operation and maintenance of its LTE 4G network ...More»
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