At around 55 pages, NBI/Michael Sone Associates' Canadian
Digital and IPTV Services Market Report, 2007 Edition
is our first publication on this topic and, we believe, the
most comprehensive Canadian study on this market. As the roles
of telecommunications and electronic entertainment become increasingly
intertwined, with the telcos offering TV, and the cablecos phone
services, this report provides a single source of information
regarding recent television developments in the converging cableco,
telco and satellite sectors. It examines the latest and emerging
technologies for delivering user-manageable TV services and
touches on the anticipated role that wireless technologies might
play in endowing broadcast television with real time mobility.
The report is divided into three sections. The first opens with a snapshot of the Canadian market and goes on to introduce the reader to such terms as IPTV, set-top box, DVR and FTTP, as well as the technologies that drive them and the service providers deploying them. A technical overview examines the differences between and commonalities of Digital, IPTV and Satellite services, touches on MobiTV and Mobile TV, standards development, advantages and/or limitations of each, and future developments.
The second section is comprised of profiles of the major equipment manufacturers and service providers including respective details of deployment and partners. Particular emphasis is placed on the increasing role that IPTV will play in providing the telcos with their terrestrial-based offering both to compete with the cablecos and complement their own satellite service. Detailed descriptions of hardware, middleware and software guide the reader through the myriad of terminologies that often conspire to confuse. There is even a brief discussion on the TV sets themselves and the new digital hubs designed to link them to PCs and audio equipment via home networks. The final section provides exhibits that illustrate subscriber and revenue estimates and forecasts for the 2004 to 2009 period.