This weekend, broadband operators enter uncharted territory: an 11-hour bandwidth-streaming extravaganza in celebration of one of America’s favourite pastimes — Super Bowl Sunday.
For the first time ever, the big game will not only be available to cable TV subscribers. It will be streamed live on NBC’s website for anyone in the U.S. who tunes in, regardless of whether they pay for monthly services or not. Even outside of the U.S., Internet viewers can still tune in by paying $9.99 to stream the game from NBC.
Happy New Year! I hope the season has treated you and your families well. After settling back into my office, feeling refreshed from my brief holiday break, it’s time again to dust off my crystal ball and share some predictions for the year ahead: Continue Reading
You already know what’s happening. With the explosion of broadband usage and online video, and especially streaming video from over-the-top (OTT) services like Netflix and YouTube, broadband service providers’ networks are heavily tapped. Continue Reading
Your users don’t want to disappoint their sons or daughters with slow speeds when they’re trying to watch the latest animated feature or teen series online. So they do what most people do under pressure from their kids — they purchase a faster Internet speed. This way, they can guarantee that all their family members are able to watch videos online at anytime they want to. Continue Reading
Your subscribers are now spending more time accessing real-time entertainment online than anything else. In fact, more than 63% of the online data accessed is some form of real-time entertainment — Netflix alone accounts for over half of that.
You know you have heavy bandwidth users on your network, and you know these users are responsible for degrading performance for all of your subscribers. As more and more high-definition Over The Top (OTT) and peer-to-peer (p2p) video services are used, your top-talkers are taking up more and more of your network’s resources. Continue Reading
First times are always fun. Mixed with the expectations and unknowns, there is no experience as exhilarating as having the chance to learn something new – which is, I guess, one of the reasons why I have always been drawn to technology and engineering in general. Continue Reading
Engineering wise, how’s the industry doing? With that question in mind, hundreds descended on Denver for this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.
That question begs to be answered. Really, can we still separate the engineering ‘cool’ stuff from the business chic? By which I mean the business requirements from subscribers who demand communication and entertainment when they want it, where they want it, and on whatever device they want it delivered to. Continue Reading
Binge-watchers rest assured, OTT content providers show no sign of slowing down. New reports from Digital TV Research show global online TV and video revenues over fixed broadband networks will reach $42.34 billion by 2020. This forecast is warmly received by major OTT companies like Netflix, a content provider estimated to be aiming for over 104 million international subscribers by 2020. Continue Reading
As year-over-year bandwidth consumption continues to grow rapidly — with global fixed-internet petabyte consumption per month being estimated to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32% from 2010-2015 — forecasting future service requirements is becoming an increasingly complicated job. When building a healthy service network, capacity planners need an accessible way to identify where capacity levels are high, where congestion problems exist, and how many subscribers are impacted. Continue Reading