In the battle between Internet Protocol television and conventional cable/hrappost, which will win? Well, not yet. There are many options, both technological and regulatory, that may still allow for a competitive market for IPTV services.
Smart IPTV: All smart IPTV with extreme code, i.e. SIRI, Extreme SSL, SSI, i PTV, I Plensel, I SPOT, iNSA, IPTV Advanced Codevelopment), as well as SIPTV (IP-over-USB Telecommunications), with Extreme SSL, SSI, iPTV, i SPOT, i NSA, IPTV Advanced Codevelopment), all using app delivery mechanisms like VeraNet, Synchronization Software Works, Synchronization Software Express, and Freeview Digital Video Recording. Additionally, there are industry standards like HDCP to provide High Definition Television (HDTV) for subscribers using HDCP enabled devices. Lastly, there is SDP – Service Provider Protocol, which manages the link between devices.
Traditional analog TV: Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) is the oldest form of broadcasting and is considered outdated. It is not a replacement for analog TV broadcast channels, but it can replace some of the current channels. There are some companies that have invested in developing an IPTV solution based on analog broadcast technology, and are in the process of testing it for commercial launch. This has caused many channels already in the market to be eliminated, and the elimination of others is still in the process of being determined.
Satellite TV and / or IPTV: Analog TV is suffering its first major setback, as the market leader Sky is already making plans to remove its remaining satellite TV channels from the UK market. The decision was made in response to Sky’s acquisition of BSkyB, the largest satellite TV operator in the world. The process of atonement is likely to affect all the remaining satellite TV operators in the UK including the freeview channel, which is now exclusively operated by BSkyB.
There are two ways in which SDI can process this request. Firstly, the channels that are affected can be chosen and the corresponding applications can be run to replace the affected channels, or the entire network could be moved. Secondly, SDI can process the request as an IPTV application, which is the ideal solution if you want to take full advantage of your digital TV viewing. However, SDI has not tested the process, and no timetable for a potential adoption has been published.
Assumptions and caveats: These assumptions may prove to be wrong. While we assume that users will switch from analog TV to digital only, it does not follow that they will do so without one reason or another. Furthermore, the assumption that this process will involve changing the entire network is also highly doubtful. Given that SDI’s application protocol can support the IPTV transition only when hardware devices supporting the transition are in place, the implication is that the users will change their televisions only when their existing televisions are replaced with new models incorporating Smart IPTV solutions (which use the SDI software to control the transmission of the television feed). Assuming this assumption is wrong, the process of IpTV Abonnement cannot be considered viable.
What this means for you: If you are among those people who have been following the SDI project very closely, you will probably be relieved to learn that IpTV Abonnement is not the final solution. The project is still in its early days, and there are a number of issues that are not yet resolved. This is particularly the case with regard to the compatibility of SDI software with new sets that incorporate Smart IPTV solutions. To address these issues, IpTV professionals are working on the process of standardizing the IpTV protocol in order to allow it to be compatible with a number of existing and new Smart IPTV devices that include digital receivers, modems, and IPTV receivers. This standardization will make the process of IpTV Abonnement much simpler, and it will enable you to continue using your existing television even as you implement a new Smart IPTV solution in your network.
What this means for you: In the end, while it is possible that the SDI project will provide the final solution to your problems regarding IpTV, it is not yet certain whether the standardization process will eliminate all obstacles to the deployment of the SDI solution in your network. At the very least, it could make the process easier, but the possibility of finding a SDI compliant solution that cannot be implemented as part of the standard process remains high. For this reason, you should be prepared to spend considerable time in the research and deployment process if you want to make sure that you implement an IpTV solution that works for you. However, you don’t have to invest a lot of time in order to get rid of the problem of improperly configured or older IpTV solutions. Just make sure that you keep an eye on the process and do something about it as soon as possible.