Incumbent telcos see IPTV-based triple play as a way to counterattack in the face of competitive pressures from mobile and broadband technologies, cableco triple-play offerings and falling revenues from traditional telephony. But, in this report, Analysys goes beyond the industry hype and takes a close look at the business and technological realities behind IPTV.
“US cable operators have well-established video and broadband services, and over 73 million TV subscribers, generating revenues of nearly 60 billion dollars per annum,” explains Michael Kende, co-author of the report. “With such formidable competition, incumbent telcos will need to execute strong business cases if they are to succeed with this new technology.”
Using switched-video technology, IPTV can support scheduled programming, video on demand and, unlike cable TV, a practically unlimited number of TV
channels and video content. In addition, IPTV could enable a range of interactive features – allowing viewers, for example, to change the camera angle during a TV programme or purchase products shown in a TV programme by using Web-browsing functions built into the TV programming itself.
However, there are potential obstacles to IPTV deployment. The regulatory climate, cablecos’ reaction and telcos’ ability to gain access to compelling content are among the variables that will determine the future of telco IPTV in the US market. “Despite the strong arguments for telco IPTV,” says Kende, “several issues could affect implementations and weaken
the IPTV business case for incumbent US telcos.” It also remains to be seen whether IPTV will generate real interest among advertisers and stimulate significant mass-market appeal.
IPTV: a breakthrough for US telcos? helps telcos and their partners avoid the possible pitfalls of IPTV deployment and position themselves to take best advantage of the opportunities arising from IPTV. The report examines the key factors affecting the business case for IPTV, compares various models and strategies for IPTV roll-out and presents a range of scenarios and possible outcomes for the development of IPTV in the US market.