Infonetics: Operators dig Apple HTTP Live Streaming, HTML5

Infonetics Research released results from a survey that finds Apple's HTTP Live Streaming and HTML5 are the most popular choices for operators that want to offer subscribers over-the-top video. 

The study, "IP Set-Top Box Features and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey," takes a look at the trends of service providers that provide IP set-top boxes to stream video. It polls 18 operators from three regions: North America, EMEA and APAC. Most do not expect to employ video transcoding to their IP set-top-box offerings in the next year, and only about 25 percent require QAM or over-the-air tuners on their equipment currently, according to the survey.

One of the main conclusions of the survey is that HTML5 adoption will grow, particularly if the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) employs additional safety features.

Jeff Heynen, principle analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics, noted in a statement that HTML5 "can scale quickly across multiple platforms and has already gained the support of Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook and LinkedIn."

MPEG-DASH, a new standard for video codecs, is also seeing increased interest in North America and Europe, said Heynen. "[W]e expect it to get more support from vendors in coming years," he added.

For more:
- see the release

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