Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Telcos Getting Crazy For IPTV

I sound like a curmudgeon when I say this, but I can remember when the phone company and the cable company were two different things. Today, the distinctions aren't there anymore. The phone company is selling TV, the TV company is selling phone, and everyone's selling high-speed Internet. Now the next big thing, IPTV is picking up steam.

Looking at just the U.S. pay-TV market, the IP-supported U-verse TV service from AT&T is rapidly approaching the 400,000-customer mark and is aiming for 1 million customers by the end of the year. Small telcos are also embracing IPTV, using the technology as an affordable yet scalable solution that gets them into the video business.
But the United States is hardly alone in utilizing IPTV. There are nearly 10 million IPTV subscribers around the world, states one research firm. That number could grow to the tens of millions during the coming years.

Bring it on!

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