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November 20, 2014 15:11 ET

Multiscreen TV providers moving quickly to network functions virtualization (NFV), shows Infonetics survey

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwired - November 20, 2014) - Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2014 Multiscreen TV Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, which provides insight into pay-TV operator plans for multiscreen video services and delivering live and file-based video content to subscribers over multiple devices.

ANALYST NOTE
"Service providers want flexibility in the processing platforms they use to encode and play out video content. Network functions virtualization (NFV) moves functions usually embedded in network hardware -- such as encoders and video on demand (VoD) playout servers -- into software that can run in a virtual machine on standard servers, giving operators more flexibility in how they process and distribute video content," notes Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research.

"Though none of the service providers we interviewed for our latest multiscreen study support virtualized multiscreen video infrastructure in an NFV environment today, this grows to 42% by 2016," adds Heynen.

MULTISCREEN TV SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 58% of respondent service providers currently support all three primary multiscreen devices in the home: tablets, PCs/laptops, and mobile phones
  • Nearly half of operators surveyed offer live streaming today
  • Transcoding is becoming more distributed: Only 16% of respondents plan to transcode video content in their headend in 2015
  • Respondents rank Ericsson and Harmonic as the most familiar multiscreen vendors

MULTI-SCREEN SURVEY SYNOPSIS
For its 41-page annual multiscreen TV study, Infonetics interviewed purchase-decision makers at incumbent and competitive service providers from EMEA, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America about their plans for delivering multiscreen video now and in 2 years. The study provides insights into business drivers and challenges, technological challenges, types of devices and mobile operating systems supported, transcoding and delivery methods, number of live streaming channels and VoD titles offered, value-added services, and familiarity with and ratings of multiscreen vendors. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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TO INQUIRE ABOUT RESEARCH, CONTACT:
North America (West), Asia Pacific:
Larry Howard larry@infonetics.com +1 408-583-3335
N.A. (East, Midwest), L. America, EMEA: Scott Coyne scott@infonetics.com +1 408-583-3395
Greater China, SE Asia, India: 大中华区 Jeffrey Song jeffrey@infonetics.com +86 21-3919-8505
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ABOUT INFONETICS
Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics' About Us slides here.

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Contact Information

  • PRESS CONTACT:
    Jeff Heynen
    Principal Analyst, Broadband Access and Pay TV
    Infonetics Research
    Email contact
    +1 408-583-3359
    Twitter: @JeffHeynen