ABI Research sees the potential for carriers, including telcos and satellite TV companies, to become significant players in the over-the-top video market, according to a new report.
"Carrier-packaged over-the-top video delivery is a reality today in most markets," said research director Michael Wolf of ABI Research, in a press release. "The fact is, broadband video is a way for some carriers to fill holes relative to larger closed-network operators such as cable MSOs, and we think over time more satellite, telco and European terrestrial operators will utilize broadband video delivery as a component of their overall offering."
2Wire recently joined a throng of companies offering set-top boxes that can help carriers or other firms leverage OTT video through broadband pipes, and retailer Blockbuster just announced it will use the 2Wire system to support an on-demand movie service. Carriers in Europe and elsewhere have moved quickly to combine OTT and IPTV offerings, and U.S. carriers are just beginning to explore the combination.
Here's the ABI press release
Blockbuster just announced its video streaming service
Carriers previously have seen OTT as an advertising threat