Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Hardware Stories

I've paid little attention to the hardware aspects of TV over IP delivery, but a lot has been going on in this area of the market. First of all Cisco bought Scientific Atlanta and Arroyo, then Motorola acquired Tut Systems and Ericsson acquired Redback Networks. Remaining players include Seachange and Path1.

The technologies worth looking out for are IPv6 and multicasting - as more corporations seek to broadcast over their networks and cable and satellite cos seek to deliver content there will be huge demand for new routers and switches to enable such networks; WiMax is going to enable low cost networks to be set up and compete with existing infrastructure providers; technology that enables grid computing will make a comeback as P2P type technologies are used to make network delivery more efficient.

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