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March 16, 2011

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Last year I wrote about the growing importance of HTTP Live Streaming at IBC. It was pointed out to us that although adaptive rate streaming was gaining in importance, it was “ridiculously low” in terms of relevance when considering its potential to transform our industry, Things have certainly changed in the last six months.

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December 17, 2010

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iTunes offers a handful of apps that allow subscribers to watch live TV on their iPhone or iPad. But just browsing through the selections, and more importantly the reviews, it seems live streaming TV to a mobile device has not yet been perfected! Most apps are aimed at niche audiences, require additional hardware to view the video or simply provide an inferior playback experience due to unreliable bandwidth to properly stream the video. I’d argue the biggest impediment to perfecting these apps is content. The biggest impediment to gaining the rights to content is content security.

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November 16, 2010

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As the end of 2010 draws closer, we’d like to take a few minutes to examine some of the technologies and trends that have significantly impacted the market in 2010.

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September 17, 2010

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I was going to start with the same sentence as last time when returning from the IPTV World Forum in London: “sitting at a cafe in Heathrow airport sipping a cup of very good coffee…” But since the IBC 2010 was in Amsterdam, I had to say goodbye to The Netherlands by indulging in a portion of poffertjes. (If you don’t know what they are, you have not really explored the country).

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September 11, 2010

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The standardization and deployment of HTTP-based adaptive rate streaming is likely to alter the current digital TV framework of managed network vs. Internet delivery.  We feel the open approach of Apple’s version of HTTP streaming and the popularity of the iPhone and iPad along with its growing list of video-based apps, has become a major force of market adoption. Please visit Videonet's Official IBC Blog to read more. And stop by our IBC booth - 4.B84!

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September 9, 2010

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As a long-standing partner to Nokia Siemens Networks (back when they were just Siemens), we are proud to provide the integrated over-the-top (OTT) security component in the company’s recently launched Ubiquity TV. We have been vocal in our position of how pay-TV operators should integrate OTT and adaptive rate streaming technologies with existing managed networks to enhance ARPU, subscriber loyalty and lure incremental advertising dollars.

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June 8, 2010

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As we head into summer, Internet TV remains a hot topic among network operators.  Over the next few weeks, we will explore the OTT opportunity, the challenges associated with Internet TV services, and how we think the adoption of more open standards can help bridge the gap between those challenges and opportunities. Read Post #1 The Latest OTT Opportunity: Connected TV here.

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April 6, 2010

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itting at a cafe in Heathrow airport after the IPTV World Forum and sipping a cup of very good coffee, I am pondering over my impressions from the show. It is a fascinating and very fragmented world. Too many components, too many dependencies, too complex integration and most likely an involved customization effort. (I saw this echoed in some of the show's official blog posts.)

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February 26, 2010

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It seems there is a bit of a new storm brewing around Apple devices and their support for Flash plug-ins - especially around video support on the new iPad. Even one of our favorite and very pithy analysts Peter White is weighing in. It would seem that it's about time that someone called Adobe's bluff here! This might be construed as a clash of CEO personalities, a Silicon Valley technology tiff or simply good PR tactics, but I sense something more profound at work.

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September 28, 2009

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IBC has always been a platform for showcasing the next big thing in pay TV. Operators come to hear about the latest technology platforms and get a sense of what is real and what is purely in the demo stage. Because of the innovation explosion that has occurred in this industry over the past several years, we were seeing operators actually delay decisions on building out new networks. Too many variables were unresolved.   Operators didn’t want to get stuck with the last MPEG-2 only set-top box.

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