The French operators like settop boxes and apparently their customers love them too. So SmartTV’s are simply a diversion, and a fragmented one that keeps on changing at that: no Orange IPTV on SmartTVs in the near future…
A slightly promotional article about new design wins for Activevideo’s cloudTV cloud-server based interactive TV UI solution. It will be used by UPC (complementing their horizon approach which is a media gateway approach: the complete oppopsite in many ways), and Glasthart media – a fiber based activity in the Netherlands.
The operator as an App is an interesting trend. Some operators’s life is in an App, like Netflix. Some have created their own rich app environment, like YouView. There are important counter arguments like:
- QOS of the delivery medium (OTT is not exactly the qulity medium of choice today)
- New hardware developments, like HEVC etc.
- Channel zapping times (ahum)
- Default operator selection on power-on (even more ahum)
This model will come, but it may tke long time; more due to the fact that IP is simply not ready for mainstream delivery. TV mnufacturers should consider a model where a “persistent” operator navigtor app can mix with classical DVB delivery. That is probably cooking, Samsung with Teliasonera leading the pack.
Another acquisition, this time in the IPTV space. More consolidation in “traditional” Digital TV as the industry matures and is gradually migrating to the web. Did Ericsson just buy their way into MS customers or did they pay for something more?