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IPTV worldwide is thriving in today’s telecommunications environment. Telecommunications companies (or telcos – those historically delivering telephone services) have launched TV services, leveraging both twisted pair copper (DSL) technologies, especially with fiber to the node (FTTN), and pure fiber, fiber to the building (FTTB), or fiber to the home (FTTH) technologies. The penetration and role of IPTV worldwide varies greatly; Western Europe already has about 15% IPTV subscribers (led by France and Scandinavian countries), while North America is at 4% and Asia-Pacific at 3%. However, this picture will change rapidly in the coming years.

Multiple models exist for IPTV services, including Premium IPTV Services, which seek to offer better interactive experiences compared to their cable or satellite peers, Hybrid IPTV services, leveraging existing broadcast ecosystems (notably, satellite or terrestrial) while offering premium bundles or VOD catalogs over IP, and light IPTV services, which can also enable telcos to deliver services off-net and may signal the start of a la carte, or unbundled, TV services.

The IPTV middleware market is rapidly evolving -- with system integrators (SI) such as Cisco, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, and ZTE playing an important role in integration and deployment. In some cases, these SI providers also develop the subscriber experience -- including the components of the experience residing on the set-top box. More commonly, however, classic middleware suppliers, such as Microsoft Mediaroom, Viaccess-Orca, Nagra-OpenTV, or Netgem have a role in shaping the delivery philosophy and experience.

Table of Contents

  • 1. IPTV - THE PLATFORM OF GROWTH
    • 1.1. Worldwide IPTV Growth and Forecasts
    • 1.2. IPTV as a Technology Is More Important than IPTV as a Service
    • 1.3. Models for IPTV Services
      • 1.3.1. Premium IPTV
      • 1.3.2. Hybrid IPTV
      • 1.3.3. Light IPTV Services
    • 1.4. Role of IPTV: North America
    • 1.5. Role of IPTV: Western Europe
      • 1.5.1. France
      • 1.5.2. United Kingdom
      • 1.5.3. Spain
      • 1.5.4. Italy
      • 1.5.5. Germany and Austria
      • 1.5.6. Northern Europe
    • 1.6. Role of IPTV: Eastern Europe
      • 1.6.1. Russia
      • 1.6.2. Other Eastern European Nations
    • 1.7. Role of IPTV: Asia-Pacific
      • 1.7.1. China
      • 1.7.2. India
      • 1.7.3. South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan
      • 1.7.4. Australia and New Zealand
      • 1.7.5. South-East Asia: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand
    • 1.8. Role of IPTV: Latin America
  • 2. IPTV MIDDLEWARE
    • 2.1. IPTV Functions and Architectures
    • 2.2. Traditional IPTV
      • 2.2.1. Microsoft Mediaroom
      • 2.2.2. Google/Motorola Mobility Medios (DreamPark)
      • 2.2.3. Nagra/OpenTV
    • 2.3. End-to-end IPTV
      • 2.3.1. Cisco and Cisco/NDS (including Jungo)
      • 2.3.2. Ericsson (Tandberg)
      • 2.3.3. Huawei
      • 2.3.4. ZTE
    • 2.4. Thin-Client IPTV Approaches
      • 2.4.1. Viaccess-Orca
    • 2.5. Client-centric IPTV
      • 2.5.1. Netgem
    • 2.6. Small-scale IPTV
      • 2.6.1. Minerva Networks
      • 2.6.2. Espial
    • 2.7. Captive IPTV
      • 2.7.1. Verizon FiOS
      • 2.7.2. Free (France)
    • 2.8. Key IPTV Platforms and Middleware Suppliers
    • 2.9. IPTV Market Share
  • 3. WINNERS & LOSERS
    • 3.1. Winner: Samsung
    • 3.2. Winner: Microsoft
    • 3.3. On the Fence: Google (Android)
    • 3.4. Loser: Web Stack Suppliers (Opera, Access, Alticast)
    • 3.5. Loser: Small Telcos

Tables

  1. IPTV Subscribers Worldwide by Region, Forecast: 2011-2017
  2. Countries with over 1 Million IPTV Subscribers in 2012, Forecast: 2011 to 2017
  3. Countries with IPTV Penetration over 10% of TV households in 2012, Forecast: 2011 to 2017
  4. Differences between Pure OTT and Light IPTV Offerings
  5. IPTV Penetration (as a Percentage of Total TV Households), Northern Europe: 2012 and 2017
  6. IPTV Penetration (as a Percentage of Total TV Households), Eastern Europe: 2012 and 2017
  7. IPTV Penetration (as a Percentage of Total TV Households), Asia-Pacific Smart Cities
  8. IPTV Vendor Category Definitions
  9. Significant IPTV Platforms (Most over 500,000 Subscribers) Subscriber and Middleware, Worldwide: 2Q 2012
  10. Middleware Market Share by Managed Boxes
  11. Middleware Market Share by Managed Boxes, North America: Mid-2012
  12. Middleware Market Share by Managed Boxes, Western Europe: Mid-2012
  13. Middleware Market Share by Managed Boxes, Asia-Pacific: 2010 to Mid-2012

Charts

  1. Video Subscribers by Platform and Penetration (Percent of TV Households), North America: 2012
  2. Change in Percentage TV Households per Platform, North America: 2012 to 2017
  3. Video Subscribers by Platform and Penetration (Percent of TV Households), Western Europe: 2012
  4. Change in Percentage TV Households per Platform, Western Europe: 2012 to 2017
  5. Video Subscribers by Platform and Penetration (Percent of TV Households), Eastern Europe: 2012
  6. Change in Percentage TV Households per Platform, Eastern Europe: 2012 to 2017
  7. Video Subscribers by Platform and Penetration (Percent of TV Households), Asia-Pacific: 2012
  8. Change in Percentage TV Households per Platform, Asia-Pacific: 2012 to 2017

Figures

  1. IPTV Ecosystem, Competitive Framework
  2. Headend Components of Middleware, Representative Architecture
  3. Headend Components of Middleware, Representative Architecture
  4. Viaccess-Orca RiGHTv Architecture, System Diagram