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The big stick – the antenna masts scattered across the landscape of the world – have always defined TV and radio broadcasters. But, increasingly, its obvious IP delivered television – whether via fixed or broadband networks – is the future.
NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith gave a nod to next-generation distribution this week in his keynote address to attendees at the NAB Show, the industry’s week-long celebration in Las Vegas of all things broadcasting.
Viewers of nearly all ages are turning to laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones to view video content, a new report says, pointing out that the traditional first screen, the television, saw uniform double-digit usage declines across all age demographics.
Fixed broadband subscriptions globally, driven by fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and DOCSIS 3.0 technologies, are forecast to near 1 billion in 2019.
While DSL remains the largest delivery vehicle for fixed broadband, Infonetics Research, in its new FTTH, DSL, and Cable Subscribers report, said FTTH subscribers jumped 22 percent in 2014 from 2013, crossing the 100 million threshold for the first time.