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  1. ABI: Service Providers Embracing OTT Video

    According to ABI Research, service providers are decreasing marketing on their cable, satellite, and IPTV products that offer managed quality of service (QoS) in favor of new products that use over-the-top (OTT) technologies to compete with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). With OTT competition significantly increasing in mature pay TV markets, ABI forecasts that live linear OTT video services will grow to approximately $7 billion dollars of worldwide revenue by 2021, from a little more than $1 billion in 2016. The most recent OTT service launch is DirecTV Now, an AT&T (NYSE:T) national product with live linear TV. "These services meet the consumer demand for anytime, anywhere programming and mobile-centric viewing while targeting a larger national audience," said Sam Rosen, managing director and vice president at ABI Research. "The services fit within carriers adopting mobile-first mindsets as mobile subscriber bases and revenues exceed fixed line revenues, largely due to per-consumer as opposed to per-household connections. This helps win the battle for exclusive content rights, but poses strong technical challenges." Among those technical challenges are developing robust content management systems, video transcoding and storage pipelines, application ecosystems, and piecing together adequate video distribution networks. Others include QoS assurance, network congestion management, content protection including analytics-based protection, such as modules which limit password sharing, and business analytics. As mobile video consumption increases, mobile operators are exploring policy-based approaches to meet customer expectations and manage the effects of video services on mobile data caps. The technical challenges are so significant that many operators have made significant investments in technology platforms. AT&T/DirecTV purchased Quickplay Technologies to gain better control of its OTT launch. Even so, some outages occurred as the platform scaled. Disney took an equity stake in BAMTech (formerly MLB Advanced Media) to have better strategic control over its syndication platform. "Despite the technical challenges, OTT services help pay TV operators attract cord-cutters with a cheaper pay TV alternative, as well as next-generation customers who never planned to subscribe to a traditional pay TV service," said Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst at ABI. "Live OTT services, particularly sports packages, continue to gain the most traction, as they allow customers to watch the same live programs that they receive through pay TV services at a fraction of the cost."

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  2. MSO Internet Infrastructure Trends for 2017

    The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to remain a hot topic of conversation in 2017, and its impact on network technology and deployment decisions undoubtedly will prove significant. CommScope Senior Director, Service Provider Solutions Mark Alrutz talked recently with BTR about what to expect in ...

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  3. ANSI Renews SCTE 24 Family of Standards

    As part of the regular standards review process, the American National Standards Institute has approved several SCTE standards around cable ...

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  4. You.i TV Intros Out-of-the-Box Multiscreen Platform

    You.i TV announced You.i Engine One, a multiscreen video solution intended to enable media companies to halve the development effort ...

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    Thu, 15 Dec 2016

  1. Data Monetization: Make the Most of Your Most Valuable Asset

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  2. Demystifying Home WiFi

    By Monta Monaco Hernon - As WiFi continues its march to ubiquity, customer expectations are growing. When they experience problems, such ...

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    Tue, 25 Oct 2016

  3. Russians to Launch Eutelsat Multiscreen Video

    Russian video provider Tricolor TV and Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) are collaborating to deploy the first network in Russia to use ...

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    Thu, 28 Jul 2016

  4. The DOCSIS Effect: Can the Internet Handle it?

    By Mattias Fridström, Telia Carrier - Internet traffic is increasing steadily, driving significant changes in network operations - both for service ...

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    Thu, 28 Jul 2016

  5. Qligent Upgrades Video Monitoring Software

    Qligent has upgraded its Vision cloud-based, software-defined video monitoring product. The upgrade includes new tools intended to allow ...

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    Thu, 7 Jul 2016

  6. Guavus to Showcase Operational Analytics

    At the NCTA 's INTX show in Boston, Guavus will demonstrate its suite of operational analytics applications designed to combine network ...

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    Fri, 6 May 2016

  7. Tektronix Adds End-to-End ABR Monitoring

    Tektronix has added end-to-end ABR monitoring with decryption and decode functionality to its Sentry ABR video quality monitoring platform.

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    Wed, 20 Apr 2016

  8. Not All Olympic Heroes Are Athletes

    Though the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are still months away, planning has already begun for televising the event.

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    Mon, 18 Apr 2016

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