BBC paints sketchy picture on Canvas intent
Richard Halton, the strategist who heads up IPTV at the BBC, addressed a marquee full of industry executives at the fifth annual IPTV World Forum in London. Many left little wiser about the proposals the corporation has put before the BBC Trust under the name Project Canvas.
ANT powers ten million set-top boxes worldwide
British company ANT announced at the IPTV World Forum that its browser based platform has now been deployed in more than 10 million internet protocol television devices around the world. Advocating an open standards based approach, ANT has launched what it calls an “academy” to support the applications development community.
IPTV World Series Awards winners announced
AT&T, PCCW, Canal+, GoBackTV, Miniweb, Brightcove, the BBC and Ericsson were all winners of awards presented at a gala event in London as part of the IPTV World Forum. AT&T received awards for innovative service and subscriber growth, while PCCW was recognised for best quad play service and with an individual award to its chief technology officer for his contribution to the industry.
IPTV growth led by France and Western Europe
Western Europe accounts for just under half of the IPTV subscribers in the world and half of them are in France, according to the latest figures released by the Broadband Forum and industry research company Point Topic at the IPTV World Forum. Global subscribers have now reached 21.7 million, up over 60% on last year. The growth of broadband has slowed, but there are now over 410 million homes with high-speed internet connections.
Video on demand to counter broadcast decline
A report from a British consultant predicts that viewing of linear television channels will drop by 15% over the next six years. Broadcast advertising revenues will fall but will largely be replaced by video on demand advertising, with video on demand viewing rising to four times current levels. Aggregated services will address increasingly promiscuous consumer behaviour that threatens traditional television viewing.