Taiwan Broadband Communications is expanding its three-year-old over-the-top offering to include live TV on open devices and video-on-demand.
Working with longtime partner NAGRA and its OpenTV Suite, TBC will soon deploy TBC GO, said Jimmy Chen, the cable operator's CEO, in a statement.
"NAGRA has been a key partner since 2015 in helping us roll out our newly digitized platform and enable new services like our OTT platform," said Jimmy Chen, TBC CEO. "Their tightly integrated solutions provide fast time-to-market and their team is committed to our success. We look forward to introducing it to all of our subscribers in the next few months."
TBC is using NAGRA's OpenTV Suite as the basis of TBC GO. The suite features several integrated components, including OpenTV Experience, OpenTV Platform, OpenTV OS and OpenTV Player, designed to simplify viewers' access to content on multiple devices, the vendor said. For the service provider, these modules allow it to speed deployment, enhance performance, innovate, scale and monetize, according to NAGRA.
TBC was one of cable's earlier OTT adopters, but it's certainly not the last. A veritable Who's Who of cablecos, such as Comcast and Netflix, have followed suit with their own services and partnerships.
Despite huge uptick around the globe -- an increase only expected to continue through the next five years, at least -- Asia-Pacific (including Singapore) is positioned to dominate the global IPTV market's subscriber numbers, according to Grand View Research. The region should see CAGR of more than 8% from 2017 to 2025, it said in March 2018.
The worldwide OTT market is predicted to reach $158.4 billion by 2025 (from $36.7 billion in 2015), according to The Insight Partners. Grand View Research estimates OTT revenue will hit $165.13 billion by 2025.
With such rosy sales ahead and Convergence Online's prediction that OTT will represent 90% of US movie and TV rental revenue in 2020, it's little surprise TBC and others continue to invest in OTT.
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
After NTIA asked for public comments on map improvements in October 2018, the FCC decommissioned the agency's broadband map in early December but did not say whether it will use any of the public's great ideas on its own (largely panned) map.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!