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.
Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist, herself a former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, believes the state's digital divide will end if she wins and mandates that all utilities pay to deploy fiber, then sell their wholesale services.
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Nokia kicks off a busy October by announcing a fixed access network slicing solution, PON interoperability approach and antennas that make a sound business case for 4G fixed wireless residential service.
With the availability of SD-Access products that leverage Amendment 3 Gfast capabilities like 212 MHz spectrum, DTA support and ability to deliver symmetric gigabit speeds, operators can quickly sate the needs of gigabit-hungry customers.
Given their complexity and the number of high-speed demands placed on them, operators could use a "medical checkup for the network," writes Eddy Vergauwen, who leads global services marketing activities for Nokia's Fixed Networks.
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