Over the top video revenue to exceed $20B by 2015

According to the latest market study by ABI Research, American companies like Netflix, Hulu, Apple and Amazon helped to drive the over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment market past $8 billion in 2012. The three largest markets -- North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific experienced year-over-year growth in excess of 50 percent in 2012. The continued spread of connected consumer electronics (CE) and increasingly mobile devices -- such as media tablets -- are expected to push the market past $20 billion by 2015. ...

By David H. Deans, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, IPTV, Networks, Smart TV.

New opportunities for mobile content revenue growth

Revenues from mobile content -- monetized through direct billing by mobile network service providers -- is expected to rise from $2 billion last year to more than $13 billion by 2017, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research. The Juniper study uncovered that network operator storefronts and portals accounted for just 6 percent of content downloads worldwide, with Google Play and the Apple App Store now comprising nearly 70 percent combined market share. In fact, the increasing popularity of of these successful Over-the-Top (OTT) mobile device application distribution platforms had led to many...

By David H. Deans, 27 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Mobile.

More bandwidth sounds better, but keep the debate grounded in reality

Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, ComponentsOver the past several weeks, I have been analyzing future bandwidth needs for residential subscribers, and my conclusions are fuzzy at best. I was hoping for clarity from OSA’s Executive Forum panel, The Future of Broadband Access Networks: Towards 1Gbps and Beyond, which took place on Monday March 18 in parallel with OFC/NFOEC. Panelists included Milo Medin, VP of Google Access Services; Ed Harstead, Leader at the Technology Excellence Center and CTO of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Networks...

By Ovum Research, 20 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Content, Fiber Optic, Networks.

Skype in trouble with France over not declaring operator status

The French telecommunciations regulator ARCEP (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes) has informed the Paris public prosecutor that Skype has not registered itself as a telco, as per its obligation.

According to ARCEP, the Luxembourg-based video call service will be committing a felony, but only by not declaring itself, in line with Article L. 33-1 of the French Postal and Electronic Communications Code.

ARCEP states that Skype falls into the telco category...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Content, Operators, OTT Services.

Why OTT video will continue to disrupt the market

Over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment had a banner year in 2012. It became a turning point for legacy pay-TV service providers. The savvy companies acknowledged the OTT phenomenon and have learned to adapt to the new market realities. The laggards are slowly coming to the conclusion that nothing will halt the market fragmentation caused by the adoption of OTT content. Meanwhile, it looks like 2013 will be just as disruptive as last year. comScore released data from its latest market study which demonstrates that nearly 180 million U.S. Internet users watched 36.2 billion online content videos in January, while the number of video advertising views reached...

By David H. Deans, 06 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Content, OTT Services.

Shouldn't it be "video is the recurring star"?

There is an insatiable demand for content of the video variety. It is so great in fact that sports networks like ESPN are getting an outsized portion of your cable bill. The network in fact gets more than $5 per subscriber per month regardless of whether you ever watch their networks. Cable and IPTV companies for their part are in quite a...

By Rich Tehrani, 31 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Consumers, Content, IPTV.

The top 10 telecom and media trends for 2013

Informa Telecoms & Media released its top ten trends for 2013. Five of their predictions relate directly to telecom service providers and the other five address the pay-TV, digital media and Over-the-Top (OTT) communications sector. 1. Wi-Fi will become a victim of its own success There will be a shift in operator sentiment away from public Wi-Fi as it becomes evident that the growing availability of free-to-end-user Wi-Fi devalues the mobile-broadband business model. Mobile operators will respond by articulating the value of their cellular...

By David H. Deans, 04 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, LTE, Mobile, Research.

How will the Smart TV experience evolve in 2013?

Smart TV devices can be connected to the Internet, and, via an integrated app platform, it is possible to use TV-centric applications like Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer. New apps are launched regularly to the extent that a Smart TV is almost the equivalent to a set-top box, with a focus on the on-demand functionality.

By the end of 2012, there will be more than 100 million consumers in the world who regularly use Smart TV applications, and leading TV companies like Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic are rapidly...

By Michael Lantz, 03 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Devices, Entertainment, IPTV.

Exploring new platforms for the Internet of Things

Now on a path to reaching billions of connections for the Internet of Things (IoT), M2M software platforms are facilitating the next wave of mobile network growth. ABI Research projects that revenues from two platforms currently dominating this market - Application Enablement Platforms (AEPs) and Connected Device Platforms (CDPs) - will grow to $3.85 billion by 2017. AEPs try to do what mobile application development platforms do for smartphone applications - decrease M2M application development time and extend application reach. AEP application development functionality seeks to abstract away from the developer those...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Content, Devices, M2M.