The IPTV Market: Meet the Competitors

The Appetizer

In the last 2 years, a number IPTV providers have revealed themselves.  From IPTV becoming an additional feature on some products such as the XBox360 and Playstation 3, to a full fledged subscription based network such as AT&Ts Uverse and Verizon’s Fios,  it is clear that IPTV networks are the way of the future.  This article provides information about the current contenders and their differences between each other.

The Main Course

The Dessert

What I liked most about this article is that it presents the who’s who very clearly and accurately, showing the diversity in competitors along with their pluses and minuses.  There are a few things that the article makes clear either intentionally or unintentionally.  For starters, when it comes to IPTV, in terms of functionality, there is a lot of diversity per platform in terms of delivery and each platform’s capabilities. The other issue it brings up is that content is king still.  One of each platform’s major selling points is the amount content they have available.  That in turn also raises an issue because many of them offer the same content with limited unique programming offers– if any.  With the number of options available and many are offering the same content currently, the only areas they can compete in are cost, functionality, and accessibility. Even with that said, there is another issue that will ultimately arise and pose a pending question– when televisions stop needing set top boxes in order to receive ethernet connections, what will happen to many of these platforms, especially if that is one of their primary forms of branding their uniqueness from their competitors, including satellite and cable providers?

The Overall Meal

4 Stars!

The Doggybag

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