IPTV Broadcast Services Category

IPTV Broadcast Services offering television packages and services over internet protocol. These are companies that offer a wide range of IPTV channels often for a subscription cost. The TV packages offered are comparable to cable and satellite TV services and work over a closed internet network. This section contains news and information on these IPTV Broadcast Services and the companies behind them.

Livestream LogoAlthough live streaming is already big business, there has so far been a dearth of options for the professional Webcaster who wants to stream live events without paying a fortune for a traditional broadcast truck and satellite signal. But no longer, as Livestream has launched Livepack.

Livestream Livepack Goes Live

Livestream, formerly known as Mogulus, is one of several live streaming companies which offer everyone the chance to be the star of their own television channel. It’s a competitive sector, with Ustream and Justin.tv the other big contenders.

But yesterday saw Livestream launch a new service which could mark it out against its competitors. Livepack is “the world’s first solution for wireless live streaming at HD quality,” and the hardware which makes that possible fits in a specially designed backpack.

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Sivoo Logo Burhan Fatah, CEO of Sivoo.com is at the forefront of delivering multicultural and non-English language through ITV and closed IPTV systems.

I recently interviewed him about what it takes to be at the head of such a service, and what he thinks of the future of his company and IPTV in general.

As OTA and Cable barely cover cultures past Spanish in the U.S. Sivoo currently has 20,000 hours of programming in Spanish, Chinese, and Hindi.

Burhan sees this as a Greenfield opportunity for content delivery and Sivoo in particular.

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In a statement which has chilled the blood of many U.S. IPTV operators, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has just asked the state’s Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) to require that AT&T obtain a cable TV license for its IPTV offering.

Connecticut AG Blumenthal stated “this (AT&T U-Verse IPTV) service must be licensed as cable, regulated as cable.

In light of a July 27 ruling by Federal Judge Janet Bond Arterton that AT&T’s U-Verse IPTV service is a cable television service, the DPUC has the ability to stop AT&T’s infrastructure improvements and construction, as well as its marketing activities for enrolling new customers until it complies with the onerous licensing requirement.

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Posted in: IPTV Broadcast Services, News by Fraser MacInnes on August 6, 2007

nortel-logo.jpgRumour has it (and by that we mean, analysts are predicting) that Nortel may be giving IPTV the glad eye and rubbing its hands together in greedy anticipation.

UBS Warburg (UBS being the United Bank of Switzerland) issued a report last week in which Nikos Theodosopoulos had some choice speculation for the company’s future direction:

After, what we believe was a failed bid to acquire Avaya, we believe Nortel is likely to seek alternative acquisitions in a bid to either increase scale or accelerate growth in strategic areas including enterprise, carrier VoIP and/or IPTV.

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Posted in: Broadband Video Companies, IPTV Broadcast Services, News, Video on Demand by Fraser MacInnes on August 3, 2007

filmon.jpgSome of you may already have heard of FilmOn. It’s a service that allows you to purchase films, download them and then burn them onto a DVD.

Kind of like what lots of people already do with films rented from Blockbuster, but a shade more legal and without the need to venture outdoors or risk late return fines.

Far from settling into their own little corner of digital downloads, it seems that FilmOn has aspirations way beyond its current offerings and is planning to roll out its own IPTV service.

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Posted in: AT&T, IPTV Broadcast Services, Market Growth & Research, News, TV Gadgets & Equipment by Andrew Macarthy on August 1, 2007

AT&T has announced that a further 38,000 new subscribers signed up to its U-verse service in the second quarter of 2007, bringing the total to 51,000.

U-verse offers IPTV, Internet access and will eventually offer VoIP to consumers across America, although the service is currently limited to just 23 metropolitan areas of the US including San Francisco, California and Dallas, Texas.

“AT&T has a strong foundation for growth in wireless and IP-based services, and in the second quarter we improved our trajectory in key areas,” said Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T. “Our U-verse video service has begun to ramp aggressively.”

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Posted in: Deals, Funding & Acquisitions, IPTV Broadcast Services, News by Clayton Moulynox on July 31, 2007
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Due to legislation pending approval in Korea, Korea Telecom (KT) has decided to trial, and ultimately launch, an IPTV service in Russia.

The president of KT suggested a trial service will being in August ahead of a full service launch next year. Thirty Russian channels will be broadcast in real-time over the internet in addition to other shows, films and sports being available on demand.

KT was hoping to launch the IPTV service first in its native Korea – to the point where it delayed overseas offers. However, legislation relating to IPTV deployment must be passed in Korea first and it’s currently still pending approval.

As a result, KT decided it must push forward with its overseas interests. The company is still keen to roll-out IPTV in Korea swiftly to help boost the media industry.

[Via IPTV News]