Australia - Digital Media - IPTV - Market Overview

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Australia - Digital Media - IPTV - Market Overview

Driven by the successful US-based Netflix IPTV service from America, Foxtel has launched its long-awaited Presto IPTV service.

The traditional IPTV model is making something of a comeback, with new services launched over higher-speed broadband networks and the introduction of competitively priced triple-play models. However, digital rights constraints are making it impossible for the service to take a larger share of the entertainment content market. It is therefore free catch-up TV series rather than movies and sport that are driving the current developments. Movie content available under the basic IPTV subscription - is mostly B- or C-rated; A rated material and new releases are only available at extra charges. BuddeComm remains pessimistic about the current commercial IPTV business models.

Until now the traditional IPTV products by ISPs have failed to attract large paying-user bases in 2014 there are only around 100 million subscribers globally, and some 300,000 in Australia.

By far the largest growth in IPTV video entertainment comes from user-generated content services such as YouTube, Facebook and a whole new range of services of short, and even super-short, videos. Catch-up TV would be the second largest category.

These developments will significantly influence IPTV developments and future models will therefore have TO be substantially different from those of today. The best way to envisage this is to look at the smart devices which provide app-like' interfaces to new content services that supply instant streaming.

BuddeComm estimates that downloading and streaming of video now constitutes well over 50% of all regular online video usage, and that this will only increase over time.

There is a correlation between the availability of high-speed broadband and IPTV usage and it is envisaged that further increases in high-speed broadband penetration will drive new IPTV developments. The rapid growth of smartphones and tablets is also giving this market a boost, as well as new business models such as pay-per-view. New IPTV services are already being streamed over these devices as well as over gaming devices.

In this report we offer an analysis and a market overview, with some statistics and results from recent industry surveys.

Key developments:

IPTV, Video-on-demand, video podcast, online video, streaming, smartphones, tablets, smart TV

IPTV companies are covered in a separate report: Australia - Digital Media - IPTV - Major Players

1. Synopsis
2. Introduction
3. Market Analysis
3.1 The first ten years
3.2 Competition is heating up in 2014
3.3 The lack of IPTV content
3.4 The next revolution in IPTV
3.5 Free-to-air TV still going strong
4. Market surveys
4.1 Online video spend keeps growing
4.2 Australian TV viewing
4.3 Strong growth in the online video market
4.4 IPTV predictions PwC
4.5 Subscriber numbers
4.6 Telstra T-Box vs. FetchTV
5. Optus and the copyright issue
6. Regulations and standards
6.1 IPTV and unbundled local loop (ULL)
6.2 Digital Video Ad Serving Template (VAST)
7. IPTV versus IPTV+RF an analysis
7.1.1 Introduction
7.1.2 RF video over FttH
7.1.3 The NBN could fix your TV problems
7.1.4 IP multicasting
7.1.5 Set-top boxes (STBs)
7.1.6 SmartTV still waiting for a breakthrough
7.1.7 Social TV - peer-to-peer content distribution
8. Social networks (separate report)
9. IPTV Major Players (separate report)
10. Related reports
Table 1 Worldwide IPTV subscribers 2010; 2012; 2014
Exhibit 1 Case studies similar to the Optus copyright issue case

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