Saturday, March 15, 2008

Forum Time

A quick visit to the rather grandly named IPTV World Forum in London seemed to reinforce my impression that there are too many players in the very limited IPTV (as opposed to Internet TV) marketplace chasing a handful of customers.

The busiest stands, ironically, seemed to belong to companies offering internet capabilities such as browser company, Ant and gateway aggregator Peer TV . They reported a very successful show. But, overall, it was surprising how few Internet TV companies were participating.

The problem with the IPTV world is that only a handful of companies have the infrastructure and deep pockets to tackle this very expensive industry.

What was interesting was the lack of content companies exhibiting, who could have done very well at this show, since the technology is, frankly, incidental, to most service providers. Roll on MIP!

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