NBI/Michael Sone Associatesí Canadian Digital
and IPTV Services Market Report, 2008 Edition,
is our second 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 HD, as well as the technologies that drive them and the
service providers deploying them. This overview examines the differences between
and commonalities of Digital, IPTV and Satellite services, touches on Mobile TV,
standards development, advantages and/or limitations of each, and future developments.
Detailed descriptions of hardware, middleware and software guide the reader through
the myriad of terminologies that often conspire to confuse.
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. The final section provides exhibits that illustrate subscriber and revenue
estimates and forecasts for the period 2006 to 2011.